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Science of the Sea – February Half Term 2023

Text on the left reads 'Science of the Sea'. On the right, a man performs an experiment in front of a crowd of children.

Join us in February half term for Science of the Sea – family fun with a BANG! Bristol Explorer Dome are back with more science shows, we’re on the hunt for creatures that use bubbles to survive on the Museum Trail and in Make & Take we’re using science to create colourful artworks.

Science of the Sea shows

Monday 13 – Friday 17 February, 11am , 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

With Bristol Explorer Dome.

A family science show suitable for adults and children aged 5 and over, but all are welcome.

Explore the science of water, the nature of atoms and molecules and how they can be solid, liquid or gas. Liquid nitrogen and dry ice illustrate states of matter and we’ll investigate weird and wonderful seas of fire and ice on other worlds. Split H2O into an explosive mixture and consider hydrogen as a fuel of the future. Bring your curiosity and questions for Explorer Dome’s expert science presenters. Expect plenty of audience interaction, freezing fog, fire and BANGS!

Make and Take craft workshops at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Make & Take – Chromatography Creatures

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 February, 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

An arty science experiment using colour and water, separating pigments to create colourful sea creatures.

What is chromatography?

Chromatography is the process by which scientists separate mixtures by letting them slowly move past each other. In the process of chromatography a mixture in one state of matter moves over the surface of something in another state of matter. In this experiment the water (a liquid) carries the pigment through and over the surface of a coffee filter (a solid) and in the process it separates the individual pigment colours.

Museum Trail

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 February

Become a scientist and find out which sea creatures use bubbles to survive. Six lab coats have been hidden around the Museum; they contain the answers you are looking for! Find them all to collect your prize.

What else is at National Maritime Museum Cornwall?

Explore 15 galleries over five floors, jump aboard boats, climb the 100-foot Lookout Tower, go underwater in the Tidal Zone, uncover ocean adventures and survival stories and sail miniature boats on the Waterfront Boat Pool. Plus, have fun in the brand-new Skull Island Play Zone and learn about Cornish maritime history in our Cornwall galleries.

It’s free!

The Science of the Sea half term activities are FREE as part of the Museum’s annual admission fee. Pay once and get in free for a year.

Book now

National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388