W5 Science and Discovery Centre.

Transforming one of Northern Ireland’s favourite visitor destinations

After 20 years as one of Northern Ireland’s favourite family destinations, W5 has been completely transformed into an engaging and hands-on attraction for a modern audience.

W5 Science Centre

Visitors can immerse themselves in

250

hands-on exhibits

We were brought on board to bring theatre and theming to the displays, alongside cutting-edge ideas for interactives and audio-visual moments. Our design incorporates fun STEAM learning with real tasks and scenarios, enabling visitors to discover a problem, then design and experiment how to overcome it.

W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre

Two reimagined exhibition floors excite and inspire visitors, with eight world-class new interactive zones packed with over 250 hands-on exhibits and experiences delivered in partnership with Aivaf Ltd.

We were brought on board to bring theatre and theming to the displays, alongside cutting-edge ideas for interactives and audio-visual moments.

Our design incorporates fun STEAM learning with real tasks and scenarios, enabling visitors to discover a problem, then design and experiment how to overcome it.

W5 Science Centre
"It was a joy to work with such a creative design team at Mather & Co.”
Bruce Davies, Managing Director at Aivaf
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre

Interactives include a giant Marvellous Machine, featuring mechanical interactivity that explores ancient mechanics such as the Archimedes’ screw, cogs, springs, and levers.

In the Energise zone families can work together to power the city as they discover more about what energy is and how it is created.

“It was really rewarding to design a whole experience where the focus was on facilitating young people’s learning in a fun way."
Alec Hawkins, Graphic Designer at Mather & Co
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre

W5 Science Centre includes

8

new interactive zones

W5 Science Centre

Visitors can build, test and race their own car in the Move It zone, which demonstrates physics theories such as drag, thrust, aerodynamics, speed, gears, materials and grip.

Other exhibits include a stunning space styled as a landscape, with a cut-out tree that cycles through the seasons and showcases the changes these bring to wildlife and weather, and a projected seafloor interactive.

W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre
W5 Science Centre

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