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.
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.
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.
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.
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.