The Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham has closed to the public for six weeks while it undergoes a £100,000 refurbishment.
An increase in visitor numbers and events revenue has enabled the centre to to raise the money needed to improve its exhibitions.
Since opening in 2001, Magna has welcomed thousands of people through its doors and has proved itself to be one of the centrepieces of South Yorkshire tourism.
In 2017/18 the centre attracted over 42,000 visitors, up 17% from the year before.
Aside from its main use as a science adventure and education centre, Magna has also expanded into areas of hospitality and entertainment. Recently it hosted ‘FearFest 2018’, a huge Halloween dance music festival for the people of Yorkshire.
In May it picked up a prestigious award at the Conference & Hospitality Show, taking the top prize for ‘Best Unusual Event Space’.
The centre hopes that this latest investment will help to freshen up its exhibits and encourage even more people to explore its attractions.
Magna is based within Rotherham’s old Templeborough Steelworks, which employed over 10,000 people in its heyday. When the steelworks closed in 1993 it was converted into the £46 million Magna Centre.
The centre also works closely with schools across South Yorkshire and prides itself on educating children about science, technology, design and industrial history.