Eureka! Celebrates Success

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is celebrating its busiest year in two decades, having welcomed 303,545 people through its doors in 2017 – the museum’s 25th anniversary year.

It was the highest number of visitors since 1998 and the numbers were buoyed by the opening of the Spark Gallery, launched in July, which featured the European premiere of digiPlaySpace. This interactive art, gaming and technology experience was created by Toronto International Film Festival and contributed to Eureka’s busiest summer since 2014. Due to popular demand, the museum has extended its original six-month run until 15 April 2018.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “It’s fantastic to see Eureka booming as it’s marked its 25th anniversary, with the best visitor numbers in almost 20 years. The new gallery has obviously added some extra ‘spark’ to this already well loved and unique family attraction. Halifax is experiencing a wonderful renaissance right now and it’s great to see Eureka! at the heart of that success.”

Eureka! Chief Executive Leigh-Anne Stradeski said: “There is no better end to the celebrations for our 25th anniversary year… The huge increase in numbers was very much down to lots of new first-time visitors from across the UK coming to see digiPlaySpace, which is so pleasing as it was a very different exhibit for us.”

2018 has continued to bring to success and, this week, it has hosted a series of experiments and demonstrations in celebration of British Science Week. Exhibitions on show have included a pop-up Virtual Reality Zone and an interactive show called The Secret World Of Gases.

Further developments are still to come for Eureka! with plans for a second attraction, based in Merseyside, moving forward. Focusing on visitors aged 7 – 14, it will develop the technical and digital skills of children and teenagers and, if fundraising is successful, could open as early as 2021.

At Kids in Museums, we are thrilled to see Eureka! marking so many successes, especially because so much of their focus is dedicated to children and young people. Got a story? Contact us at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!

Laura French, Assistant News Editor

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