What is Techniquest?
Techniquest is an educational charity, established in 1986 and based in Cardiff, Wales. their mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more and we also address science-related areas such as maths, engineering and technology.
They work extensively with public audiences, and provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement the formal education provision in Wales.
Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating excellent programmes and exhibits, and our staff includes leading experts in science communication.
For our audiences, Techniquest represents a kind of experience that is accessible and stimulating. It will provide choices to suit a range of abilities and interests, and will include surprises, participation, interactivity and discussion wherever possible.
What does Techniquest do?
Techniquest operates exhibitions, shows and programmes intended to make science accessible to people throughout Wales, and to improve the quality of public debate about science and technology.
They main site in Cardiff Bay is a top visitor attraction and provides a comfortable, clear and highly enjoyable experience for all ages. Exhibitions, science theatre, planetarium and much more is on offer.
Visitors can also find a Techniquest ‘experience’ at two other locations in Wales, in Wrexham, and Llanberis.
Techniquest takes exhibitions and programmes to special events at many venues around Wales, from shopping malls to major cultural events such as the National Eisteddfod.
They also offer comprehensive education services for schools, plus further activities through schemes such as Wales Gene Park, mathcymru, Science Café Wales and Teacher Science Network.
To provide this range of experiences, Techniquest maintains an active design and development arm, with excellent workshops and facilities. We also work with a range of partners and other experts, and this approach plays a very important part in delivering our mission. Partners include academics, scientists, industry and government, both within Wales and internationally.
How is Techniquest funded?
As an independent registered educational charity, Techniquest is funded from a variety of sources. The Welsh Assembly Government provides approximately 1/3rd of our funding, particularly to support schools programmes. Admission charges help to meet operating costs, whilst grants and other earned income are also essential. We are currently seeking £12m of capital funding to develop our sites and our services over the next 5 years.
They are open every day, except 24, 25 and 26 December, and 1 January.
Mon - Fri : 9.30 - 4.30
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays : 10.30 - 5.00
Local school holiday weekdays : 9.30 - 5.00
Last admission: 45 minutes before closing
Allow at least a couple of hours for your visit.
Adult : £6.90*
Child (age 4-16) : £4.80*
Concessions : £4.80*
Family Group (2 adults and up to 3 children) : £20.00*
Planetarium Show : £1.20 extra per person
Friends of Techniquest annual pass : £47
*Prices include a 10% voluntary donation. If you do not wish to give an
extra donation please advise at the entry desk.
Admission prices excluding donation are adult £6.20, child £4.30 concession
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