26th May 2017

THE BOX presents Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram
4 February – 3 September. FREE with standard admission.
The Box celebrates the synergy between art and science, and features exhibitions and artists that occupy the exciting space where art and science meet, with a brand new exhibition - Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram. Jewel-like glass sculptures create a powerful encounter with the microscopic world. The objects in this body of glasswork almost appear to belong in the realm of imagination but are all accurate representations of deadly viruses and microbiology. Featured on BBC News Online and BBC Radio 4 Front Row.

THE TINKERING SPACE - Our new creative environment to inspire the inventor in us all.

Design: Make: Modify - Drop-in sessions throughout the day, check times on arrival. FREE with standard admission.

Add your creations to the Ball Run and navigate your way to the bottom, construct a flyer for the Air Table and see how high yours can go, plus use shadows and light to tell a story and add your own masterpiece to our Shadow Box display.


Planetarium Nights
May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20
Check website for shows and times. £7.50/£8.50 adult, £6.50/£7.50 concession advance/on the door. Group discount available. Recommended 16+. The popular series of night-time Planetarium shows continues with this season’s shows, with a mix of Spring Stargazing, Summer Stargazing, Exploring the Solar System and Exploring the Galaxy. Expect stunning visuals using the latest technology in special extended presenter-led shows, especially for adults. Plus, grab a drink and explore the Space Gallery too!

Summer Stargazing (3D) - From 24 May – 5 September. Regular daily shows, 3D: £3.50 per seat (members £1.75), in addition to standard admission. 3D shows only available for ages 6+ due to health restrictions.

Fly through the rings of Saturn, discover constellations of stars, and enjoy a spectacular meteor shower! This remarkable show combines knowledgeable presenters with stellar graphics, in the UK's first digital 3D Planetarium.

Exploring the Solar System (2D and 3D)
Ongoing. Regular daily shows, 2D: £2.50 (members £1.25) or 3D: £3.50 per seat (members £1.75), in addition to standard admission. 3D only available for ages 6+ due to health restrictions.

Take a trip into space using the UK’s most advanced Planetarium! A presenter will fly you to the incredible worlds in our Solar System to see where astronauts of the future will explore. This awe-inspiring and totally immersive show is a fantastic introduction to astronomy.

Space Explorers (2D) - Ongoing. Regular daily shows, £2.50 per seat (members £1.25), in addition to standard admission. Under 3s FREE. Suitable for under-6s.

Pack your bag and blast off into space as the Live Science Team trains you up to become a fully qualified Space Explorer! Especially for little explorers, join in and play ‘pass the planet’ as you discover the amazing things around our Universe.


Storytelling - Ongoing. Time and location varies. Suitable for under-8s. FREE with standard admission.

At-Bristol’s exciting interactive stories take place on Monday afternoons, every weekend and during Bristol school holidays. Topics of these science-themed tales include slugs, magical forests, puddles and bathtubs and last for 15 minutes, with lots of opportunities for your little ones to get involved. Please check on arrival for times and locations.


Experimentation Station - 4 April – 4 July. Drop-in sessions throughout the day, FREE with standard admission.

Do you have a curious mind? Or even a curiously scientific mind? Are you bursting with questions about the world around us? Bring your ideas and put them to the test in Live Lab by designing your own experiments to answer those big questions! The Experimentation Station is a place for questions, ideas and experimentation – bring your questions, borrow someone else’s, or chose from a ‘menu’ of experiments to get you started!
You’ll be able to learn how to ‘think scientifically’, by designing a science experiment where you can observe, measure and record your results, in the same way that research is undertaken.