- Thinktank is an award-winning Birmingham museum of science and industry in the innovative Millennium Point building.
- Set across four fascinating floors, the centre features over 200 hands-on exhibits covering all areas of science from transport and robotics to anatomy and wildlife.
- Their Science & Industry collection consists of over 40,000 technological artefacts, including musical instruments, medical equipment, steam engines and more, whilst the Natural Sciences collection features 250,000 biological specimens.
- Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum also boasts a mesmerising Planetarium, Science Garden playground and the new interactive gallery, MiniBrum, which is perfectly tailored to children under 8 years old.
Birmingham's Thinktank Science Museum is an immersive educational centre like no other set in the impressive glass expanse of the Millennium Point building, right in the heart of this vibrant industrial city.
No matter what your age or interest, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum offers a thrilling, enlightening and awe-inspiring look into the science and technology that shapes our world today. Across its four eclectic floors, visitors can explore the vast Science & Industry and Natural Sciences collections discovering everything from Birmingham's industrial heritage to the everyday science of today and futuristic inventions set to come. Adults will love the impressive Spitfire Gallery, documenting the integral story of this historical aircraft, and fascinating Industrial Revolution exhibits, whilst animal-lovers of all ages can delve deep into the Marine Worlds Gallery, featuring prehistoric sea monsters and water creatures of today, and the Wild Life Gallery which reveals some of the natural world's most remarkable creatures (think giant deer, dinosaur skulls and menacing Jurassic crocodiles!). This family-friendly science museum in Birmingham is renowned for its multitude of hands-on exhibits, where children can interact with gadgets and mini machines in the We Made It manufacturing site, talk to scientists of the future and hear their predictions, explore all things sensory in The Street gallery as it explores the science of recycling, rubbish and food waste, and literally get to grips with human anatomy in the spine-tingling Things About Me Gallery.
In a new addition to the Thinktank museum, the interactive MiniBrum gallery lets younger kids explore their very own miniature city in a brilliantly tailored space for children under eight. This child-sized adventure world features shops, parks, cafes, salons, workshops, a construction site and much more for children to play dress-up, build home dens and get stuck into some immersive role-play of the adult world. This fabulous STEM gallery encourages little ones to learn through play, with a special sensory zone for babies too. Also not to be missed in this innovative museum is the wonderful Science Garden outdoor play area, a discovery zone filled with over 30 hands-on features themed all-around space, engineering and transportation, and the renowned Thinktank Planetarium. With its new 4k system, crystal clear images and exhilarating surround-sound, this Planetarium is the only place in the West Midlands where you can explore outer space and get star-gazing through dazzling astronomy shows of the solar system.
The Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum offers an extraordinary day out for all the family and provides a whole heap of science lessons that the kids won't forget in a hurry. For more wonderful Birmingham museums nearby, you can keep the learning going at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery or explore even more natural specimens at the picturesque Botanical Gardens.
What to know before you go
- The Thinktank opening times are from 10am to 5pm every day.
- Children aged 12 or over are welcome to visit unaccompanied, but all visitors under 12 must have a parent or guardian with them.
- Infants under three go free.
- Personal assistants and carers can enter for free when accompanying visitors with a disability.
- We recommend allowing at least three to four hours to explore the expansive Thinktank Birmingham in full.
- The Birmingham Thinktank is suitable for children and adults of all ages.
- Thinktank Birmingham is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those carrying buggies with lifts to all four floors of the museum, seating in all gallery spaces, accessible toilets on all levels as well as adult changing facilities, and six wheelchair spots in the Planetarium. Some subtitled shows are also available.
- Social Stories guides are available to assist any visitors with autism.
- Baby changing facilities are located on Levels 0 and 2 of the museum, as well as a baby changing room on Level 2.
- The Thinktank Café are happy to warm up baby bottles for you and highchairs are available.
- Thinktank Birmingham has several on site food and drinks outlets; the Signal Box Café located next to the City of Birmingham locomotive on Level 0 serves a great range of hold and cold meals, cakes, snacks and drinks and cater well to dietary requirements. Ice cream kiosks also offer a range of delicious flavours to keep your refreshed on summer days.
- There are also outdoor picnic areas available if you wish to bring your own food to enjoy on-site.
- Be sure to stop by the wonderful Thinktank shop on Level 2 for gifts, souvenirs, Birmingham produce, books, stationary and create-your-own goodie bags.
- There are quiet rooms on every floor level providing prayer facilities, breastfeeding areas or break-out spaces for children.
- Please note that Birmingham Museums may conduct bag searches upon arrival.
- Millennium Point has a cash machine on site.
- There are secure lockers located in the MiniBrum gallery and an unmanned cloakroom on-site.
- The Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is located within Digbeth's Millennium Point building, just a few minutes' walk from Birmingham city centre in the West Midlands.
- If you are driving to the venue, you can follow the M6, M5 or M42 towards Birmingham New Street, Moor Street or the Jewellery Quarter.
- Parking can be found on site at the Millennium Point multi-storey car park on Jennens Road, operated by Birmingham City Council. This must be paid for separately from your museum ticket. Free parking is available for Blue Badge holders.
- Alternatively, you can also park nearby at the NCP Londonderry House car park or NCP High Street car park.
- From Birmingham city centre you can take the number 14, 55, 55A, 66 or 94 bus routes to Jennens Road.
- The closest railway station is Moor Street Station, which is just a 10-minute walk away. Birmingham New Street Station is also a 15-minute walk to the venue and connects to most major cities in England.
- There are bike racks available on site.