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May Half-term Fun

When: Saturday 27 May 2017 12:00 AM - Friday 02 June 2017 01:00 PM

STEAM offers fun and adventure every day... 


For this Half-term, here's a round-up of What's On, including a brand new fun science activity where children get to make their own Camera Obscura!  

Important Note for 3 and 4 June: Please be aware that due to the Swindon Film and Comic Con taking place throughout the Museum, STEAM is unable to offer standard STEAM admission on 3 and 4 June and normal access will not be available for STEAM Season Ticket holders on these days.

Early closure of the Museum on Friday 2 June, closing at 2pm (last admission at 1pm). This is to allow for the setting up of our big weekend event, Swindon Film and Comic Con.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.






Pinhole Camera Activity (age guide: 6-12 years) 

Thursday 1 June, 11.00am – 3.00pm (drop-in)

Join us this Half-term at our ‘Exploration Station’ in the Museum’s Speed to the West area and make your own Camera Obscura!
King George V was built in 1927. That same year, there was a total eclipse of the sun in the United Kingdom.
People used pinhole viewers or Camera Obscuras to see the eclipse without looking directly at the sun.

We have made our own Camera Obscura to view images projected with light!
Sadly, the image on ours is a little fuzzy.
Can you make a Camera Obscura with a sharp image?
This activity is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

Meet the Railway Workers (All ages)

27 May, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
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Meet our friendly and knowledgeable STEAM volunteers as you learn how these magnificent machines work.
You'll also hear true stories about life on the Great Western Railway and maybe even get to 'take the wheel'!
Just head for No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle and No. 6000 King George V and climb aboard!
Children also get a special GWR certificate when they ‘change the points’ in STEAM’s interactive GWR Signal Box. 
This unique experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

Special Detective Activity Box (Age guide: 6-12 yrs)

Available every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Have heaps of fun following clues on our mystery activity trail! Our unique STEAM Detective Box includes a fun mystery trail that takes you around the Museum plus GWR puzzles.
The box comes complete with a magnifying glass and secret message pen.
So get set for uncovering important evidence as you explore intriguing
hands-on objects and famous steam engines!
Cost: £5 per box in addition to the standard STEAM ticket price. 

Find the Numbers Trail (Age guide: 5-9 yrs)  

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Every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
As you travel around the Museum, you’ll see many different numbers, big and small. 
Follow our fascinating trail to find numbers in some very surprising places!  

Track It Down Trail (Age guide: under 5 yrs)

Every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm   
Hunt for objects, shapes and colours and get involved with STEAM’s interactive displays and hands-on exhibits. You'll be amazed at the exciting things you discover!

Work It Out! Trail (Age guide: 5-9 yrs) 

Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Take up the challenge and explore famous locomotives, even walk underneath 80 tonnes of metal as you work out the answers to some intriguing questions.
The above trails are free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

Special Exhibitions 

*New* King George V: A Locomotive Legend

Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Get on board for this brand new exhibition as we celebrate
King George V's 90th Birthday!
Learn some fascinating facts...
...and explore the GWR's reasons for designing and building the 'King Class' locomotives.
We're sure you'll have a lot of fun getting to know the totally awesome King George V!

*New* 1927 - Have I Got Old News for You

Every Day, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Don't miss this quirky exhibition (in the Museum's Speed to the West area), looking at important GWR and worldwide events happening in 1927  - the year King George V was built!
These exhibitions are free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. 

Play Areas for Young Children 

Every Day, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
We have refreshed our young children's play areas throughout the Museum. They include play tables for colouring fun and interactive rail themed toys.  

Platform One Café 

To keep energy levels up, make sure you visit STEAM’s Platform One Café, offering a whole range of freshly prepared hot and cold snacks and drinks, using only top quality ingredients.
STEAM Season Ticket holders receive a 5% discount on food and drink purchased.

STEAM Tickets

Day Ticket
Season Ticket**
Child (3-16 yrs):
Senior (65+):
Family (1 adult, 1 child:
Family (1 adult, 2 children):
Family (1 adult, 3 children):
Family (2 adults, 1 child):
Family (2 adults, 2 children):
Family (2 adults, 3 children):
Under 3s:

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