Enginuity Museum Ironbridge, getting stuck into science.

Enginuity Museum Ironbridge, getting stuck into science.

We visited Enginuity Museum in Ironbridge recently and had a great afternoon out. Mini loves learning about science and how things work. She had previously enjoyed days out to The Think Tank, Birmingham and We The Curious, Bristol and was looking forward to exploring what Enginuity has to offer.

Enginuity is part of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums group, 10 different attractions spread out throughout Ironbridge. If you are interested in visiting the other attractions you can buy a combined ticket to get you into all of them. As we felt Enginuity was the most family orientated museum of the group, we chose not to do the group package this time. However, when you buy entrance to Enginuity you are given a ticket to return for free as many times as you wish within the next 12 months. I thought this made our visit to be fantastic value. As Ironbridge is only 30 minutes away from us, I’m sure that we will be back for more visits, it would make a great rainy day activity. Throughout the year there are also additional seasonal activities, such as Easter crafts, which would be great to check out too.

The museum is mostly laid out across one large floor area, with a small mezzanine too. As soon as we walked in, Mini’s eyes were darting around trying to decide which area to explore first. She decided to head towards the water play. She was able to explore how dams work and work together with Mr Mack to control the flow of the water and to make the bucket overflow.

Enginuity

Enginuity

Mini loved trying out all of the experiments on offer at the museum. One was to try to build a strong structure before testing it out on a wobble board to see if it would stand up. She also enjoyed trying to put together bricks to make a free standing bridge. We managed to crack the small version easily but had a little trouble with the larger version, our bridge kept toppling over.

Enginuity

Enginuity

There was a building area, with tubs of different shapes to see what creations you could make. Mini made a monster and a car, with eyeballs attached to it! For the younger ones there is also a small soft play area in the museum, Mini took Baby Mack in to explore.

Enginuity

Enginuity

There isn’t a café at Enginuity so make sure to take drinks and snacks with you. There is a small picnic area for you to eat your own food inside.

We visited Enginuity on a Sunday afternoon and it was quite quiet, Mini didn’t have to queue for any of the displays. Our visit lasted around 2 hours and I think we managed to just about explore everything, she would have happily spent longer there.

Enginuity

Enginuity

I loved that there was so much hands on interaction for children to explore. There was a great mix of interactive computers with quizzes, puzzles to solve and displays with buttons to press to interact with.  I would definitely recommend Enginuity as a great afternoon out, I think it would be most suited to children aged 5 and upwards, although some areas are suitable for younger ones too. Mini had a great time and has already been asking when we can go back again to use the free return ticket.

For full visitor information visit the Enginuity website here.

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16 Comments

  1. April 8, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    Erin loves anything to do with science so I think she’d really like it here in a year or two when she’s a bit older.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      She would definitely have a great time if she is in to science.

  2. Charlotte - Mama Makes Do
    April 8, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    This looks great, will have to check out next time I’m out that way. I wish there were more museums like this when I was a kid!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      I loved things like this too, anything I could press buttons and explore make me happy.

  3. April 8, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    Oh what a fun museum! I love hands on museums like this, it keeps the children’s attention far more than a regular museum!

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Definitely, she would have happily spent all day here doing the experiments.

  4. April 9, 2019 / 8:58 am

    We love a good museum! (in fact, I recently started a weekly museum feature on my blog) This one looks fab, I’ll have to keep it in mind if we are ever down that way.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 12:34 pm

      Oh, I’ll make sure I check out your new feature.

  5. April 9, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    My kids would love somewhere like this, it’s so great for them to be hands on and learning

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 9, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      Children learn so much more when they can explore for themselves too.

  6. Thoroughly Modern Grandma
    April 10, 2019 / 11:21 am

    Our grandsons love going to museums where they can actually try things out, I’m sure they’d love trying out the dam. This one at Ironbridge looks really good.

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 10, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      The water play was a lot of fun, and she managed not to splash me too which is always a bonus!

  7. April 11, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    She looks like she had such a fab time. I love hands on exhibits like this. The little ones seem to take everything in so much more x

    • mommamack15
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 6:47 pm

      I agree, she’s been talking all week about our trip and the things she learnt.

  8. April 12, 2019 / 8:30 am

    This looks beautiful day out for little explores. I never took my kids to the museum, this would be the great idea. thanks for sharing.

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