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Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

(2.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Magna Science Adventure Centre brings the sciences to life for children. Located in an old steel mill, the science center divides its exhibits into four element-themed pavilions: earth, air, fire, and water. Kids learn about the laws of physics on the elaborate outdoor playground, which is one of the largest in the UK. In summer, kids can splash around the wet park. Indoors, numerous interactive and hands-on displays help young visitors understand and explore the laws of nature. Every hour, on the hour, the center pays tribute to its heritage with "The Big Melt," a spectacular demonstration of steel production in an electric arc furnace. To learn more about steelworks, you can take a guided tour. To visit Magna Science Adventure Centre on your trip to Rotherham, use our Rotherham itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • One of the strangest places I have been to. As several reviewers have pointed out, the place is desperate need of some TLC & it's frustrating so much does not work. First impressions as you walk throu...  more »
  • Very informative but very easily understood. Very clear signage. Plenty of room to move around even during a busy school holiday.  more »
  • We visited Magna with boys aged, 9,7,6 & 4. And two girls aged 12 & 6. We arrived at 10am and left at 3pm. All the kids loved it. Despite the cold and darkness. The interactive areas are amazing. Like...  more »
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  • Visited on a rainy day with family and kids from Holland. The building itself is undeniably impressive however, as noted by several other people, a lot of the exhibits are broken which is very poor considering the cost of the tickets. Slightly embarrassing when you've dragged your family across town during their short trip to the UK to show them our local heritage at a not insignificant cost...
  • A wonderful space to learn and play for all ages. It is a repurposed steel foundry so take a coat with you for the cooler months.
  • Lots to do for young children. The different themed zones are exciting and full of useful Science information. Go when the weather is good as the outdoor water zone is a must!
  • 3rd year running we've purchased a annual pass. Kids love the play ground and water park and find inside magna interesting. Great little carts for pushing toddlers around Visited magna yesterday and joined the bubble workshop. The kids loved it, especially standing inside a giant bubble. The floor got very very slippy and my 1year old did fall so a warning to stay close to the kids
  • Great for the kids education and mine if I'm honest, a bit on pricey side though.