In probably one of the most anticipated reopenings ever in Bristol – maybe more than the Bristol Beacon – We The Curious has confirmed it will reopen to the public in early 2024. The city has been crying out for the science museum’s return – a place for all ages that encourages “curiosity, creativity and ingenuity” – and has been sorely missed for the past two years. (We still lovingly remember the days it was still called @Bristol, so it holds a special place in our hearts too.)
We The Curious has been closed for over 18 months after a freak fire devastated the building. On April 9, 2022, a solar panel damaged by birds triggered a fault in the electrical system, which then resulted in the fire. While contained to the roof, significant water damage caused by extinguishing the fire meant the building needed extensive repair.
The odds of something like this happening are 0.01%, according to We The Curious, but has resulted in a multi-million-pound repair programme. Just some of the needed included gutting the second floor, installing a brand new watertight roof, rewiring the building – with enough cabling to stretch from We The Curious to Bath City Centre – and the installation of four brand new air source heat pumps.
“Everyone at the well-loved science centre – which has been closed due to fire damage since April 2022 – is incredibly excited to welcome the people of Bristol and beyond through its doors, whether they’re longstanding members or first-timers,” said a spokesperson for We The Curious.
An official opening date is yet to be given, but visitors can expect all the hands-on experiences to return, plus some new surprises too. Across We The Curious’ two floors, you’ll find more than 200 interactive exhibits and new shows in the 3D Planetarium. As we learn more about the return of this iconic Science museum, we’ll keep you updated here!
To learn more about We The Curious head here.