At-Bristol Science Centre

At-Bristol as a leading science centre

At-Bristol uses the very latest hands-on and multimedia techniques to engage people of all ages in a journey of discovery through science. The public exhibition space on the ground and first floor is a grand total of 3200m2

In addition to the exhibition space, At-Bristol also hosts an exhibit maintenance and development workshop and has a dedicated education suite including laboratories, classrooms and ICT facilities.

The Planetarium

Since opening in 2000, the giant silver dome has become an iconic symbol of Bristol, attracting photographers, film crews and tourists alike. Visitors can discover the universe with presenter-led seasonal night sky shows in 2D or 3D, and businesses and academic researchers can use the facility for data visualisation purposes.

Our Exhibitions

Permanent collection includes over 300 interactive exhibits and displays 

New permanent exhibitions 2011 / 2012: Our World

New permanent exhibitions 2010 / 2011: All About Us

New permanent exhibitions in 2009 / 2010: All About Our World, and Animate It!

Major temporary exhibitions in 2009 / 2010: Jet set, go! and In the jungle

At-Bristol touring exhibitions in 2009 / 2010: Inside DNA, LoveSport, Fossils and funny bones

At-Bristol portable exhibits: three sets of 8 exhibits used in schools that find it difficult to visit the Centre. A replica set is also on display within At-Bristol for general use

Find out more about what’s here when you visit At-Bristol: What's here

Find out more about At-Bristol’s exhibition services: Exhibition services

Our learning programme

At-Bristol has an extensive formal learning programme directly linked to the National Curriculum from Foundation stage through to post 16.

An extensive public programme includes interactive shows, storytelling, science drama, Meet the Expert sessions and science demonstrations and investigations.  

The Learning team additionally delivers funded projects, exploring innovative education practices and new learning technologies, and develops partnership projects with science researchers, industry, education specialists and other science communicators.

Our school engagement programme which ensures that schools from across the region that face barriers to visiting, are able to experience the unique learning opportunities offered by At-Bristol without the associated cost.

Find out more about our learning programme: Education/learning

Science Fact

Cats can see clearly in one-sixth the amount of light we humans would need