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Explore the National Science and Media Museum at home

The National Science and Media Museum announced last week that it will be temporarily closed until further notice as the nation comes together to deal with the threat of coronavirus. However, while the doors will be closed for a while, the collection, and the inspirational stories it contains, remain open to the public online through learning resources, blogs, videos, social media and more.

Here are just a few ways the public can explore the museum virtually from home until it opens its doors once again.

Social Media

Keep up to date with the latest news about the museum, its collection, projects, staff, stories and ways you can get involved on our social media channels at TwitterFacebook and Instagram. People can also sign up to the museum mailing list to be the first to hear about new content, what’s going on behind the scenes, and our future plans for when the museum re-opens.


The museum blog is a treasure trove of information about its collection, exhibitions and ongoing projects. For those looking for a starting point in their journey through our collection, it is recommended virtual visitors start with A very short history of cinema, A short history of British television,  A short history of videogames, A brief history of the internet and An A-Z of photography.

For a wider look at the collection across the Science Museum Group the latest blog from the Science Museum is also recommended.

News and stories from the Science Museum Group – including a regular blog series on the science behind coronavirus – is on the Group blog.

Collection Online

The National Science and Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group of museums. The Group’s collection, including objects relating to film, photography, sound and television housed in Bradford, are also available to explore online for free.

More than 325,000 historic objects, photographs and archive materials can be discovered through the online collection, from typewriters and trains to magic lantern slides, orreries, surgical tools and even retro videogame cassettes.

Many of these items have only recently been published online as part of an ambitious five-year project to give the public unprecedented access to the collection.

Learning Resources

The Science Museum Group has a range of online learning resources to help parents or interested adults teach and learn from home, including activity sheets and fun videos. Or it is possible to learn through play using the Group’s online games and apps.


While the museum’s independent cinema operation Pictureville is also closed to the public, there are other ways to keep up to date with the latest cinema and home-streaming news.

Film fans can sign up to our cinema newsletter for the latest movie news. Also keep an eye on the museum’s Widescreen Weekend accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates from the cinema team including their film recommendations.

Film lovers can also explore free archive films on BFI Player, usually available in the museum’s BFI Mediatheque.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, said: “Along with many cultural institutions we are working to bring even more of our offer and resources online at this time so everyone can continue to explore our collections and learning resources from home. Our recent blog post highlighted just some of the ways people can engage with the museum virtually, and we will continue sharing innovative ways to keep in touch until our doors reopen, as well as supporting other organisations and partners during this period by sharing their projects.”

To uncover all of the ways to explore the National Science and Media Museum virtually, visit:

To find out how to explore the wider Science Museum Group virtually, visit: