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The Four Pavilions

The steel industry of South Yorkshire has its roots in Roman times when iron was made from rocks extracted from the EARTH locally. FIRE was used to smelt the iron ore. AIR was used to aid combustion. Later the rivers provided WATER for cooling and powering machinery and the steel industry grew to dominate the area.

These four themes of AIR, EARTH, FIRE and WATER are the inspiration for the interactive pavilions.

All the exhibits provide hands-on learning, links to steelmaking and consider the impact humans have made.

Air Pavilion: High up a translucent airship seems suspended in flight.

  • Moving air makes sounds.
  • Moving air exerts forces.
  • Impact of air on structures.

Earth Pavilion: Go underground to find out what we extract from the Earth and how we work it.

  • Stories of rock formation.
  • Mining and quarrying.
  • Role play using a quarry environment and mechanical diggers.

Water Pavilion: Set in a beautiful steel wave, explore how we use vast amounts of water.

  • Properties and uses.
  • Water management.
  • Moving water

Over the next 6 months we are renewing the exhibits on the upper level of the pavilion to improve the experience in Water. So we can keep this area open to visitors the work is being completed off-site, but as we progress with the rolling programme of refurbishment some exhibits may not be available at certain times. The lower level 'wet zone' will remain fully open to all visitors.

Fire Pavilion: Discover the creative and destructive uses of fire.

  • Heating and cooling of materials.
  • View a spectacular fire tornado.
  • Forging and recycling steel.

The History of Steelmaking

Magna is set in the former Templeborough steelworks, a massive building over 1/3rd of a mile long.

The Big Melt: Watch from the walkway as 'E' furnace is brought back to life using spectacular light and sound effects; recreating the moment when scrap metal is transformed into white-hot molten steel.

Steelos Gallery: Our new exhibition by the main entrance explains the history of Magna's site from Roman times to the present day.

The Face of Steel and Walkways: Climb the stairs and be drawn into the story of steelmaking on this site. Moving images stretch high into the building exploring what life was like in the heyday of the industry


Sci-Tek is our large hi-tech playground. The play features develop co-ordination and balance skills, whilst encouraging children to make choices and play interactively.

Aqua-Tek is our wet play area. Children squirt, mist and drench their way around the features.

Experience Magna