Things to do

Science Museum

Until Mon May 5

  • © Jennie Hills

  • © Nick Rochowski

  • © Nick Rochowski

  • © Nick Rochowski

  • © Nick Rochowski

  • © Nick Rochowski

  • © Nick Rochowski

© Jennie Hills

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

Not yet rated

Be the first...



Add +

Users say

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>0</span>/5

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
7 people listening
Jaden B

Not sure what I expected but it starts with a terrible video (low budget, overdramatised, little factual information) and then you get to walk around and see the magnets, crystals, detectors, etc. Nicely laid out into an 'experience' as if you were walking through the tunnels and rooms of CERN but I was disappointed by the amount of actual amount of items from the collider - I believe it was 8 in total all of which are visible in the photos on this Time Out page with a few bits outside the paid exhibit. It didn't delve deep into the subject matter and glossed over the scientific results. OK for a 101 basic introductory course but not for those who are genuinely interested in the topic. Luckily got in for £5 during Late Nights.


I was really disappointed with the exhibition as it promised you would 'step into the Collider'. Sure, the information is present, particularly if you don't know a whole lot about the LHC, but it could have been made so much more interactive. Instead you watch a video about the day the Higgs Boson particle was announced to the world. It was great to see parts of the Collider, but walking into a 'replica' office at CERN wasn't. Sadly, £10 seems overpriced for the experience.

Curated London

It’s time to rediscover a childhood favourite. The Science Museum has come on a long way in the last few years. The Shipping Galleries have gone, for a start (will anyone miss them?). In their place are new, much more relevant displays on cutting edge medicine, technology and engineering. This fresh approach is particularly evident in their epic exhibition, Collider, which brings the Large Hadron Collider to London.

Viewers ‘descend’ into a faithful recreation of the scientific research facility at CERN. Blending video, theatre and sound installation with real artefacts from CERN, Collider is a fascinating journey for adults and kids alike.

The designers took hundreds of high resolution photos on location at CERN to ensure the experience is as authentic as possible. Even graffiti has been reproduced (save a few age-appropriate edits), making this an authentic view of this significant technological institution. The tour concludes with an incredible, immersive film experience that shows what the Large Hadron Collider does, and a sense of the scale involved. 

Collider is engaging, interactive and informative, and sets the bar very high for museum curation.

For more art in plain English, visit


My other half took me to this exhibition as a treat given my amateur interest in particle physics and I wasn't disappointed. There is an emphasis on the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle (obviously given the media coverage) but you also get a taste of what life is like working at the LHC, what the other detectors are up to and how the collider is put together and functions. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit.

Kathy Adams

Already struggling to understand and comprehend what is in store at the museum. Sounds mind blowing and must go see


The introductory video is a bit superficial, but once you get to the exhibition itself, everything is explained quite clearly and a good amount of background information is available. I had only a vague of what the Collider does before I entered, and physics was my worst subject in school. Still, I found that I got a very good understanding of the Collider's workings, aims and successes throughout the visit. I would recommend this to anyone wishing to get a good overview of the World's Largest Experiment.


I had very little knowledge of CERN but came out knowing much more. Compiled of various videos of the work done in the collider by actual scientists and their life down under.