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6 unique museums to explore across the UK

18th May 2022

From the highlands of Scotland to the beaches of Cornwall, the UK is home to thousands of museums which inspire and educate visitors, as well as preserve important history. Many of these museums are supported thanks to National Lottery players, which allows them to continue their important work.

A man with a 25 years gigant pink ball in the Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre celebrating the National Lottery's 25th Birthday

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, bringing science and technology alive through hundreds of interactive exhibits on four floors.

You’re sure to have a blast visiting the Glasgow Science Centre, with hundreds of interactive exhibits, a planetarium, Scotland’s biggest-screen IMAX cinema, and much more.

Mellon Homestead at Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park

Take a trip through time, from the Old World of Ulster to the New World on the American frontier in Northern Ireland.

In the 18th and 19th Century, millions of people from Ulster embarked on a perilous voyage to carve out a new life in a New World. Ulster American Folk Park recreates that extraordinary journey, allowing visitors to enter authentic shops and buildings from the time.

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham

World Rugby Museum

The award-winning World Rugby Museum is the definitive home for everything and anything about rugby. It houses the world’s most prestigious collection of rugby memorabilia in England, including the 2003 Webb Ellis Trophy, the Calcutta Cup, and the world’s oldest international football jersey.

A landscape of the country side of Yr Ysgwrn, Wales by ©Purcell UK.
©Purcell UK - View of Yr Ysgwrn, Wales

Yr Ysgwrn

Yr Ysgwrn, located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in Wales, was the home of Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known as Hedd Wyn, one of Wales’ most famous poets. Although the farmhouse and its story represent the tragedy of the losses of the First World War, the farmhouse also reflects the social, cultural and agricultural history of the turn of the twentieth century.

Discover the powerful story of Hedd Wyn here.

National Science and Media Museum in Bradford

National Science & Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives.

Browse the museum’s galleries and exhibition spaces to investigate and celebrate photography, film, television, animation, videogames and sound technologies.

Visitors at The Tank Museum in Dorset

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks in awe-inspiring, modern exhibitions.

The museum houses 300 military machines in Dorset, representing the key battles of every major conflict since the First World War. Their moving exhibitions tell the story of this British invention; from the mud of the Somme to the beaches of Normandy and the deserts of Iraq – featuring powerful stories from the soldiers that fought in them.