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National Media Museum

Town/City : Bradford
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : BD1 1NQ
Phone : 0844 856 3797
Web Site :  www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

The National Media Museum, in Bradford, is dedicated to the inventions, objects and technology that tell the story of how still and moving images are created and shared.


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The Museum, established in 1983, cares for the National Collections of Photography, Television and Cinematography, and displays unique items related to these subjects. Throughout eight floors of galleries and exhibitions, visitors can find the world's earliest colour film, the equipment that broadcast the very first television pictures and the camera that recorded the oldest moving pictures.

Fans of animated heroes such as Wallace and Gromit and Morph will enjoy exploring the Animation Gallery, discovering the link between Victorian optical toys and computer-generated 3D graphics.

The Experience TV gallery features several hands-on exhibits telling the story of television programmes and technology. Visitors can try their hand at being newsreader, dance on screen with the Teletubbies or take a turn as a cameraman, as well as get up close to a Dalek and the Play School toys.

Other attractions include the Kodak Gallery which charts the history of photography from the 1820s onwards, and the Magic Factory offers a fascinating insight into the light and optics for the young and young at heart. The BFI Mediatheque is an archive of classic movies and favourite programmes from the history of British film and television which can be watched free of charge.

The Museum also houses three cinemas, including Yorkshire's biggest IMAX screen, and works with the national Picturehouse Cinema group to show the most recent releases and popular classics, with special screenings organised for the over 65s, parents with babies and students.

The Museum is open Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm and entry is free. Further details, including information about the regularly changing programme of activities and exhibitions, can be found at www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk or by calling 0844 856 3797.

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