Memorable Learning at Eureka!

Eureka! is designed to inspire children in Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2 to learn through play.

With 400+ interactive exhibits in our six cross-curricular galleries, we bring learning to life. Our helpful, expert staff are here to support you and make sure that your school trip is a stress-free, hands-on, fun-packed day that your pupils will never forget!

All visits include

Specially trained staff to welcome you and enhance your visit

Dedicated lunch area for you and your pupils

Time to explore the museum galleries and our outside area

Optional time in our Gift Shop or pre-order goody bags

Free teacher preview visits

Resources such as risk assessments and gallery guides

We have two types of eductional visit

Programme visit
£7.25 per child

  • A workshop or science show
  • Time to explore the museum & outside area
  • Allocated lunch area
  • Optional Gift Shop visit
  • Free accompanying adults
    (See FAQs for ratios)

Visit plans

Choose from two arrival times and itineraries

Arrive at 10am

  • Arrive and welcome
  • Explore your focus gallery or go to your workshop or show
  • Explore the other galleries
  • Time to eat, explore outside and visit the shop

Depart 1.45pm

Arrive at 11am

  • Arrive and welcome
  • Time to eat, explore outside and visit the shop
  • Explore your focus gallery or go to your workshop or show
  • Explore the other galleries

Depart 2.45pm

Experts on hand

Our trained Enablers are here to help throughout your visit. They deliver our workshops and science shows and are on-hand to support children (and teachers) with playful learning.

Accessibility &
special needs

We are proud to be a fully accessible venue for all visitors, and welcome visits from SEN Schools and disabled children in mainstream education. Please contact our Play & Learning team on 01422 330012 to discuss your requirements.

Visit the Access Information page on Eureka! website on our main website for more details about our services and facilities for disabled visitors, including a Changing Places facility, chill out room, and more.

Where is Eureka!?

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE

01422 330069

How to find us

Eureka! is in Halifax, right next door to Halifax Train Station. If you’re driving, follow the brown tourist signs to our car park (coach parking free for school visits).

FAQs

When can our school visit?

Tuesday – Friday during term time. Check our what’s on calendar for Eureka! term dates and book in advance.

We're closed on Mondays during term-time!

How much does it cost for schools?

Our current prices are:
Gallery visits: £6 per child
Programme visits: 7.25 per child

Additional adults: £6 each
Calderdale Schools get 50% off!

What happens when our school arrives?

One of our Enablers will greet your group.
Your main group leader will check in at our Groups Desk outside, confirm exact numbers and sort out final payment. We’ll give your group a welcome talk – including some of the important things you need to know about visiting Eureka!

Please try to stick to your confirmed arrival time. We have lots of groups visiting on any given day so unfortunately, we can’t admit groups into the museum early.

Is there anywhere for us to eat our lunch?

Yes. We will have booked an undercover lunch area for you 30 minutes. You can bring your own packed lunches or pre-order lunch boxes from our Café.

How and when do we need to pay?

You will need to pay a 50% deposit within 2 weeks of making your booking. The remaining balance is due on arrival for your final number of children/adults.

If payment is not received before or on arrival, a £20 invoice charge will be added.

Do adults have to stay with the children all the time?

Yes. We require that teachers and adults remain in supervision of their children at all times.

This is part of our Safeguarding Policy, to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun visit. Please also remember that our museum is open to general visitors, often with very young children, and ensure that your pupils are not left unattended or allowed to wander around Eureka! alone.

Please note that we reserve the right to ask groups to leave the museum in the event of severely disruptive behaviour.

What’s the difference between a Gallery Visit and a Programme Visit?

A Gallery Visit includes a focus hour in one of our themed galleries, followed by discovery time to explore the rest of the museum.

A Programme Visit includes a 30min to 1 hour workshop or science show, hosted and run by our trained Enablers, followed by discovery time to explore the museum.

In both instances, our Enablers are on-hand throughout the museum to enhance and support your visit. Eureka! isn’t the kind of museum where you need a tour – instead your children might meet a doctor, dentist, nurse, policeman, scientist, musician or explorer in our hands-on themed galleries.

How many free accompanying adult places are included?

It depends:
Nursery & Reception: 1 free adult for every 3 paying children
KS1 & KS2: 1 free adult for every 5 paying children

Can we change our itinerary and arrive earlier or later?

When you book, we’ll agree an itinerary with you in advance. If you need to change this, please let us know as soon as possible and give us a call on 01422 330012. We’ll try to accommodate you if we can but it is tricky to change this on the day.

What happens if we arrive late?

Don’t panic – traffic jams happen!

Just call our main number on 01422 330069 to let us know that you’re running late, and roughly by how long (if you know) and we’ll do our best to ensure that your class doesn’t lose out.

Do we get to visit the Gift Shop?

If you want it, of course! We can book a timeslot for you in the Gift Shop as part of your trip itinerary. Or, if you’d prefer, you can pre-order goody bags for your pupils.

Is all of Eureka! accessible?

We’re VERY proud to be a fully accessible museum, with a range of support and facilities available for disabled visitors, including a Changing Places facility, chill out room and more.

Visit the Access Information page on our main website for detail information.

Can I change the number of children attending?

You are welcome to amend your numbers right up to the day of your visit as we will only charge you for the number of adults/children who have arrived.

You will need to pay your deposit based on your provisional numbers.

Some of the children in my class already have an Annual Pass for Eureka, can they use it?

No. Annual Passes are for general museum entry only, so cannot be used for school visits.

Does a school booking include an Annual Pass?

No. School bookings are for day admission only, and so not an Annual Pass upgrade.

Will there be somewhere to store our coats and bags?

We have large metal trolleys available for you to store coats, bags and lunches in. We’ll have them ready for you when you get here.

I’m a Home Educator – can I book a school visit?

We run regular Home Educator days, including programmes and activities just for home educated children.

Visit the Home Educator page on our main website for more information and to subscribe to our Home Educator mailing list.

How many adults can I bring?

There's no limit, though please note that we offer free adult places on the following ratios and any additional adults cost £6 each.

Nursery & Reception: 1 free adult for every 3 paying children
KS1 & KS2: 1 free adult for every 5 paying children

Do Calderdale schools get a discount?

Yes! All Calderdale Schools get 50% off the cost of schools visits. Just let us know when you book!

How to book a school or group

Call us on 01422 330012 from 8am Monday – Friday. It’s really useful if you have the following information handy, even if it’s approximate:

  • When you’d like to visit (we’re closed on Mondays during term time)
  • Whether you want a gallery or programme visit
  • Roughly how many children will be coming

Calderdale

Schools in Calderdale get 50% off!