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Bristol’s biggest science centre and educational charity, We The Curious, today announces its long awaited reopening date to the curious minds of Bristol and beyond – it will reopen on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

The reopening comes after substantial damage was sustained from a fire back in April 2022. Since then, the team behind the beloved Bristol landmark has been working tirelessly to be able to welcome people back, including going out and about in the city visiting schools, festivals, community centres and more to deliver over 270 free activities reaching more than 37,000 people.  

Photo: Paul Blackmore

New visitors and committed fans alike can get ready to discover the magic of two floors packed with more than 200 things to do and explore this summer. Escape into a world of possibilities in the newest experience which many fans have not yet seen as it opened just months before closure – Project What If. Inspired by seven intriguing questions from the people of Bristol, from the science of happiness to the nature of time, you’ll find some of life’s biggest mysteries and be able to make yourself invisible, peer into the TARDIS, and even stop time while exploring them.  

Launched back in 2000 as Explore At-Bristol and changing to We The Curious in 2017, it’s considered a treasured part of Bristol’s story. To celebrate its anticipated reopening, staff and friends of We The Curious have shared what they’re most excited to get back to.

“Building a massive wall out of the giant building blocks – and then knocking it all down again!” Leo, pictured age 5

“Talking about where you’d keep your soul if you could hold it”. Lisa, People and Places Director at We The Curious

“Whizzing through the rings of Saturn or flying across the known universe in the Planetarium”. Jen, Communications Lead at We The Curious  

Photo: Daniel Watkiss

Donna Speed, CEO at We The Curious, said, “We’re so excited to be able to announce our opening date this summer! The support we’ve had from our city has been incredible, so a huge thank you to everyone who’s continued to encourage us throughout the last two years – it really does mean a lot.

“It’s beyond heart-warming to hear how special We The Curious is to so many and the fondness they hold for it – and also how people who haven’t visited before are itching to experience everything on offer. We can’t wait to welcome you back very soon, and see the venue filled with joy and energy again!”

Photo Joe Meredith/

We The Curious reopens its doors on Tuesday 2 July 2024, with an opening celebration event planned for Saturday 6 July. Tickets will go on sale closer to the time so sign up to the mailing list on our website ( to be the first to hear about tickets and all reopening plans. See you there!