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Curiosity Zone

Curiosity Zone

Are you curious?

Science Begins with Curiosity...

Science is not just about facts and knowledge, it is about asking questions about the world, testing your ideas, comparing things, talking to others about what you’ve found and having new ideas based on your discoveries.

The Curiosity Zone is a place that gives you the opportunity to think like a scientist, not somewhere that tells you things scientists have already found out. There are no right and wrong answers, no instructions, no rules. You decide what you want to explore and how, and use your natural curiosity to make your own discoveries on the way.

Arm yourself with the questions scientists ask: ‘What happens if…?’ ‘If I put these things together what will it do?’ ‘What can I see here…?”. You can build a chain reaction, compose music, build a big machine... and that’s just for starters! Curiosity is what you make of it – even if you make a bee-line for the same exhibit again and again, you can do something different every time.

Assisted by grants from the Northern Rock Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation

To learn more about the Curiosity Zone, read our e-publication about the development of this unique exhibition:

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To find out more about the exhibits in the Curiosity Zone, browse the list below:

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Air Power

Gases, like air, can flow in the same way as liquids. Water pressure can be used to drive machinery, mills and workshops powered by water wheels: this exhibit uses air pressure in the same way.


Did you know that sand comes from the erosion of rocks? Wind or flowing water breaks up rocks and moves them great distances.


Outline involves a big sheet of fossiliferous limestone which you can use to trace your own images of the close-packed fossils in it in your own way.

Rube Goldberg

This exhibit encourages users to create one of those chain reactions beloved of TV adverts, where one object knocks over another, for as long as you can build a successful chain.

The Ark of Curiosities

Follow The Curator through six videos around the gallery - there's no right or wrong order to watch them, you can construct your own story.

Magnet Building

Attaching steel washers to a strong magnet turns them into magnets themselves, you can use this property to build your own structures on this exhibit.

Thermal Camera

Touch our ice wall and hold your hands up to the camera to see exactly how cold they can get, then explore the temperature of other things around you.

Music Box

Experiment with different materials and movements to make your own musical masterpiece.


If the spinning motion hasn’t made you sick, then you might like to find out what is actually happening in this exhibit.

Magnetic Message Wall

This exhibit may have unlocked a more artistic side of science. We think art and science are both creative activities and are both part of our culture.

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