Magna is a fantastic day out for all ages. The Science Adventure Centre is packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays to help you explore the wonders of science and the laws of nature, with over one hundred hands-on exhibits designed to help you explore the four elements – AIR, WATER, EARTH and FIRE!
Splash in water, operate real JCBs in Earth, Watch a tornado made of fire and even explode a rock face!
Magna is coats on experience and the original industrial machinery and low light in areas echoes the industrial heritage to give you a feel of the UK steelmaking industry.
Magna’s amazing outdoor playground is not just high-tech - its SCI-TEK. Designed using the laws of physics, creativity and fun, its unique play structures will get you swinging, balancing, climbing and spinning. Sci-Tek is one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in the UK. And, in warmer weather, there’s an extra wet play area called AQUA-TEK. Open from the Easter holidays to the end of October, it adds an extra splash of adventure. Don’t forget your towel!
Set within a colossal former steelworks, Magna also echoes with the rich industrial heritage of the UK steelmaking industry which once used the natural resources of earth, fire, water and air – celebrated at Magna today - to manufacture steel products which were shipped around the world. The ‘Steel, Peech and Tozer’ works produced 18 million tonnes of steel a year and employed 10,000 people in its heyday. It stood at the heart of the booming Sheffield steel industry.
The steelworks closed in 1993 but the original building has been largely preserved as a monument to its industrial heritage. Impressive artefacts such as hulking hooks, winding passages, cupolas and cranes are still in position around the science adventure zones in Magna today. They are silent reminders of the cathedral-like building’s industrial past.
You can learn more about Magna’s steel industry heritage through big screen features and multi-media displays at Magna.
Guided tours telling the human story of the steel industry are led by former steel workers and enthusiasts at regular intervals most days.
One of the steelworks’ original electric arc furnaces is brought back to life at Magna everyday with pyrotechnics, audio and smoke. Don’t miss the 'Big Melt' and its awesome re-creation of the steel-making process.