Exploratory (museum)

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Exploratory (museum) is located in Bristol
Exploratory (museum)
Temple Meads, Bristol
Established 1987
Dissolved 14 September 1999
Location Bristol, England
Coordinates 51°26′56″N 2°35′01″W / 51.4489°N 2.5835°W / 51.4489; -2.5835
Type Science museum

The Exploratory, Bristol, was the first regional hands-on science museum in the United Kingdom.[1] It was established in 1987 by Richard Gregory, professor of neuropsychology at Bristol University.[2][3][4][5]

From 1987 to 1989 it was housed in the city's Victoria Rooms. In 1989 it moved to Bristol's historic old railway station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The Exploratory closed in 1999. Its successor was At-Bristol, a larger science centre which opened in 2000 at a new site as part of the regeneration of the historical Floating Harbour.


  1. ^ "The Exploratory - History". www.exploratory.org.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Reed Business Information (17 November 1983). New Scientist. Reed Business Information. pp. 484–. ISSN 0262-4079. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Barry Fox (23 December 1989). "Review of 'The Exploratory'". New Scientist. 
  4. ^ Braddick, Oliver (26 May 2010). "Richard Gregory obituary". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "About". www.exploratory.org.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 

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