Bradford is home to a variety of different museums, offering something to excite, captivate, and providing answers to your many questions.
With such a range of museums to choose from, Clear Choice has provided our top 5 all-time favourites, and ones we believe are worth a mention.
Top 5 places to visit in Bradford
1. Bradford Industrial Museum
Standing tall and proud in Bradford, the Industrial Museum was built in 1875 as a small worsted spinning Mill by John Moore. Changing hands and ownership several times throughout the course of its history, in 1970, the council purchased Moorside Mills and created what we have today, an innovative museum.
Filled with a permanent display of textiles, steam power, machinery, engineering, motor vehicles, printing machinery, and more, you can be taken back in time and regale in the history of the town.
With different time periods, as well as an exciting exhibition programme, always running, the Bradford Industrial Museum is a must if you’re visiting Bradford.
2. The National Science and Media Museum
A big hit with some of the Clear Choice team and their families. The National Science and Media Museum is completely FREE and based in Bradford. Filled with fun and excitement, the educational exhibits focus on science, technology, social history, photography, film, media, and more.
The best part is, it is also home to the state of the art Wonderlab gallery and not one, but three cinema screens.
Hosting regular events and festivals for children, you can dive back in history as well as come through to the present day, all under one roof!
3. Bolling Hall Museum
Bolling Hall is thought of as a real gem of Bradford. Going back to the civil war and beyond, you can find out about the history of the house and estate, offering visitors a real insight into the lives of the Bradford families that resided here as well as the opportunity to view some of their magnificent artefacts.
With rooms devoted to coins and medals, world cultures, costumes and textiles, weapons and war, fine art, social history, natural history, and even a ghost room – Bolling Hall is a mystery waiting to be discovered.
4. Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is a leading regional art gallery, situated in the beautiful surroundings of Lister Park. The gallery has been home to a variety of prints for more than a hundred years. Where they are proud to housework by William Blake, Francisco Goya, and Walter Sickert – all master printmakers.
As well as including work from modern pop artists Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol.
With a variety of permanent collections within the galleries, you will also find temporary in-house curated exhibitions and visiting exhibitions, making a great change to the exhibition programme.
5. The Bradford Police Museum
Yes, you did read that right, Bradford has its very own museum dedicated to the City’s Police Force.
With features inside the museum, including a cell tour, a gallery tour, and a Court tour, you can find out every aspect of policing in the 19th Century. With Victorian prison cells, as well as being able to check out many of the cells that were used in many films and TV programmes, you won’t find an unenthusiastic guide at The Bradford Police Station.
With a wealth of museums in Bradford, all offering something unique, you will certainly be spoilt for choice when looking for something to fill your days.
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