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About Curious Minds

Curious Minds started off life in a garden shed in 2004

Curious Minds started life in a garden shed in 2004. Originally we were online only and featured a wide range of science, nature, space, & technology products, toys, kits, and gifts for the science enthusiast. We made our name by ensuring our range was curated for scientific integrity by our helpful & friendly scientifically trained staff.

We have chemistry sets, electronics kits, glass prisms, gyroscopes, Newton's cradles, orreries, praxinoscopes, solar radiometers, solar system models & mobiles, triops, & much more!

We have moved on a little since then and now occupy a real shop and warehouses and stock a much expanded range dedicated to curiosity,  polymathery and eco-living. 

As a passionate and trained scientist, I am very proud of the range of science kits and equipment we have sourced through Curious Minds, it gives us so much pleasure when we find another gadget which we think our customers will enjoy and the quest never ends; we look forward to years of discovering the very best of science kits and equipment on behalf of our world-wide customers.

We select our products very carefully, paying close attention to the scientific details. For example, we have tested many different brands of toy orrery (motorised solar system models) and found that in half of them the planets orbit the wrong way (should be anti-clockwise as seen from North). If we find errors we let the supplier or manufacturer know. If they won't fix it, we won't stock it.

We hope that you will be totally satisfied with the quality of our products. If you aren't - please let us know! We are always keen to ensure that our products and service are the best they can be! Equally if we are missing something which you feel should be a part of our range, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.

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We'd like you to feel as comfortable in our online shop as you would in our physical shop, and to know that we not only know our products, but also the subjects they are concerned with - be it science, technology, or nature. If you want to know if a product is suitable for a certain age, or for learning about some subject - don't hesitate! Call us on 01436-670806, email us (orders[at], or send us a letter (Curious Minds, 112 West Princes Street, Helensburgh, G84 8XD, UK) - whatever you're comfortable with!

Wendy Hamilton (BSc Hons, PhD)


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