Halifax’s national children’s museum is celebrating a record year, after recording their highest visitor number since 1998.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum was visited by 302,460 people from January to December 2014.
The record number included 23,849 school children who took part in educational workshops such as Chew to the Poo, where students looked at the digestive system, and the Gross Lab - a show that explored the human body.
Leigh-Anne Stradeski, chief executive of Eureka! said “Our visitor numbers have risen pretty steadily over the past five years but the ten per cent increase we experienced this year really stands out. This is due in part to the opening of our brand new All About Me gallery which has received excellent reviews but the fact that we continue to draw hundreds of thousands of families and school groups from all over the UK 23 years after opening shows that our unique play-based approach to museum learning has long-term appeal and increasing relevance.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted to see Eureka! is absolutely flying and to have their best year since 1998 shows how the museum’s investment and tireless work has paid off. It’s further proof of just how big a year 2014 was for Yorkshire tourism and shows the critical role places like Eureka! play in our diverse and world-class tourism offer for visitors nationally and globally.”