Open up a world of interactive discovery at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Explore fun and interactive exhibits, become part of the action with awe-inspiring live science shows and demos, immerse yourself in the stunning nature of the South Downs National Park and be mesmerised by spectacular shows in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium.
Feel your senses come alive as you journey through the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive sound, hearing and vibration experience. Venture into an enormous 10m long guitar, climb inside a giant ear, try your hand at British Sign Language and even join the rescue mission to save Humphrey the Humpback Whale.
And don’t miss out on blasting off on an epic interactive mission through the Solar System in Explorer:Space. Come and discover an out-of-this-world interactive space zone and be inspired to become the next generation of space engineers and astronauts. Explore everything from robots and coding to black holes and human space flight.
Spectacular Live Science
Take a seat and watch as science comes to life during the Science Centre’s free live show. Experience exciting demonstrations, explosive wow moments and fun audience participation. Show themes change regularly so make sure you reserve your space each time you visit. And get set for more explosive live science on a massive scale! Look out for fire, ice and loads of exciting science experiments in Science LIVE, taking place right on the exhibition floor throughout the day.
Adventures in Nature
Let nature inspire you in the indoor / outdoor experimentation zone, Bio:Space, and the exciting outdoor adventure play area. Have a go at challenges themed around the Science Centre’s stunning location in the South Downs National Park and head outside to find out more about the birds, bugs and plants of this ecologically important area.
UK’s Largest Standalone Planetarium
Sit back and relax with a truly unforgettable experience in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium. The 360° screen will put you right in the action as you fly through the Solar System and discover more about the stars, constellations and planets. With shows created for younger audiences, families and those with sensory sensitivities, this is not to be missed.
Become an Underwater Agent this summer
Did you know that almost three quarters of the world's surface is covered by water? But what lies beneath the deep blue seas? And what sounds can be found? From Saturday 17 July to Sunday 19 September come and join a top adventure squad of Underwater Agents. Help to uncover the mysteries of the sounds that lurk beneath the deep, explore how sound travels underwater and find out what natural and man-made sounds we might find beneath the waves.'
And that’s not all…
If you need a break from all the fun, spend some time in the Recombobulation Room, a specially designed quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the Science Centre. Or why not relax with a hot drink or mouth-wateringly tasty treat from the café before continuing your STEM journey at home with a souvenir from the shop.
|Opening Times During Term Time (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed*|
|Saturday - Sunday||09:20||- 17:00*|
|Opening Times During Hampshire School Holidays (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 17:00*|
* Last entry at 3pm.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Map & Directions
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From North – M3 Jct 9 follow A272 onto A31. Follow tourism signs.
From South – M3 Jct 10 follow A31 for 2 miles. Follow signs.
From East – A31 or A272. Percy Hobbs roundabout. Follow tourism signs.
Public Transport Directions
Stagecoach Bus 64 stops just outside the short road (Telegraph Way) leading up to the Science Centre.