Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum - A Birmingham Gem!

Thinktank is a Science Museum in Millennium Point, Eastside, Birmingham that opened in 2001. It replaced the Newhall Street museum.


Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum opened in 2001 at Millennium Point located near Curzon Street in Eastside, Birmingham. It is a paid for attraction.

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Spitfire at Thinktank (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

It replaced the previous Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry which was on Newhall Street in the Jewellery Quarter until 1997.

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Site of the former Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry on Newhall Street until 1997, at Newhall Square (November 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Most of the contents were moved over such as the City of Birmingham locomotive, and the last remaining City tram from the network that closed in 1953.

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City of Birmingham 46235 at Thinktank (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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Tram 395 to Short Heath on route 78 at Thinktank (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

They also have Boulton & Watt's Smethwick Engine inside.

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Smethwick Engine at Thinktank (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Thinktank Science Garden

The Thinktank Science Garden opened in 2012 with the completion of Eastside City Park.

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Thinktank Science Garden (December 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Thinktank Kids' Park

The Kids' Park opened at the end of 2012 in Eastside City Park outside of Millennium Point. It was for youngsters under the age of 7, to have somewhere fun to play, and learn about the world around them. The science of sound, light, touch and movement. It is free to enter.

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Thinktank Kids' Park (December 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

The Past

Located on Level 0 on the ground floor at Thinktank. See various engines on display, plus the City of Birmingham locomotive. There is also the last surviving tram from the old Birmingham tram network, plus a pair of planes from WW2 hanging on the ceiling. Plenty of vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles as well.

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The Past at Thinktank (April 2013)). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

We Made It

This is on the mezannine floor on Level 1 at Thinktank. It started in 2013. "What has a cow got to do with a car?". See how a Mini is assembled, and other contraptions with nuts, bolts, gadgets and gizmo's.

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We Made It at Thinktank (April 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Present

"Investigating the Present" is on Level 2 at Thinktank near the main entrance. Galleries on this floor include Things about me, Wild life, Medicine matters and The Street.

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The Present at Thinktank (April 2014). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The Future

This is on Level 3 at Thinktank. All about space, including aliens, robots and more. The Thinktank Planetarium is on this floor.

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The Future at Thinktank (April 2014). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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