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Brunel's original Great Western station building (1994), home of the Exploratory museum
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Established 1987
Dissolved 14 September 1999
Location Bristol, England
Type Science museum

The The Exploratory Hands-on Science Centre was a science museum in Bristol. Established in 1981 by Richard Gregory, professor of neuropsychology at Bristol University, it was the first regional hands-on science museum in the United Kingdom.

From 1987 to 1989 it was housed in the city's Victoria Rooms. In 1989 it moved to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, where it occupied two floors of the original terminal shed, which had been designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There it opened full time to the public and also took bookings for education programmes for school parties.

The Exploratory closed in 1999 due to the expiry of the lease on the building. Its successor was At-Bristol, now We The Curious, a larger science centre which opened in 2000 at a new site as part of the regeneration of the historical Floating Harbour. However, one exhibit from the Exploratory, a giant acoustic guitar, was moved to the Deutsches Museum where it remains on public display in 2021.

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