Science Museum

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Planet Science in Space Gallery © Jennie Hills
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Ototo robot © Dentaku
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Kids Imax © Science Museum
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Making the Modern World © Science Museum
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© Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
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The Energy Hall © Science Museum
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Media Space Cafe © Science Museum
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The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. The Wellcome Wing showcases developments in contemporary science, medicine and technology. The Medical History Gallery in the museum's attic contains a substantial collection of medical history treasures. Pattern Pod introduces under-eights to the importance of patterns in contemporary science and Launch Pad is a popular hands-on gallery where children can explore basic scientific principles. Exhibits in the Exploring Space galleries include the three-metre-high, 600kg Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope that was flown on British space missions and full-scale models of the Huygens Titan probe and Beagle 2 Mars Lander.

The Clockmakers' Collection, previously held at the Guildhall, will move to the museum on October 23 2015. It's the oldest display of clocks and watches in the world, with most of the 1250 exhibits dating from between 1600 and 1850.

The museum’s in-house IMAX cinema shows scientific films in 3D, allowing visitors to be surrounded by space or submerged in the depths of the ocean. Tickets start at £11 for adults and £9 for children, and booking is recommended. The shop is worth checking out for its wacky toys, while the Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s adults-only centre for free lectures and performance events on contemporary scientific issues (www.danacentre.org.uk). 

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Venue name: Science Museum
Contact:
Address: Exhibition Rd
London
SW7 2DD
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions

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  • Exhibitions Until Tuesday March 1 2016 Free
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  • Until Friday January 1 2016 Free
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  • Photography Until Sunday September 13 2015
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  • Exhibitions Wednesday August 26 2015 - Wednesday November 25 2015 Free
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  • Friday September 18 2015 - Sunday March 13 2016
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  • Saturday October 3 2015
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  • Saturday October 10 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015
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  • Exhibitions Tuesday October 13 2015 - Wednesday March 16 2016 Free
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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MaxiBuoy

This has to be my favourite museum in London. It was so exciting to take my kids and they loved even more than i did.

Noel
Staff Writer

Such a great place to spend time with the family. There is something for young kids to adults, a great journey through history and workings of science. From the energy hall to exploring space. A must is the kids area where they and you (the grown ups) can have some simple but highly rewarding fun through interactivity. The shows and exhibitions continue to grow and delight. Our kids remember it and as do we each time we go. 

Daniele T
Staff Writer

On a rainy day this is one of the best spots to take your children. Start from the Launchpad on the top floor with its games/experiments, a good ice cream bar, and space for your packed lunch. Then head down to the ground floor and visit the space section and trains and cars. Finally, head down for the basement, where you will find more playing/experimenting in the children play area. In the basement they also do regular free children shows, including the bubble show - always a hit.

Llewellyn
Staff Writer

Fantastic place to take your kids, always discover something new when we go

Warwick W
Staff Writer

Love this museum - I went as a child myself and have fond memories of the space exploration and kids area. It's great to see my own children now building memories that will last a life time. Simply awesome and magnetic

Paulina L

Great place to spend weekend with your children. Not only they will learn about science through interactive exhibitions and objects but also you will discover scientific facts you had no idea about. The admission is free and the average time to enjoy all that Science Museum has to offer is 2 to 3 hours. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop, lots of great ideas for original gifts.

Shelley G

Something for everyone! A fantastic place with so much to see and do! The fact that it is free is a bonus, we'd be happy to pay.

Lauren S

Slightly underwhelming as wasn't as interactive as I was expecting, or indeed as interactive as it could be. It was interesting nonetheless though.

Laura V

Absolutely brilliant. Great for a day out and I must say, the food was fantastic too. Fabulous gift shop where you can easily spend too much! 

Laura V

Absolutely brilliant. Great for a day out and I must say, the food was fantastic too. Fabulous gift shop where you can easily spend too much! 

kimberley d

Fantastic!

Great for the family or with friends, great as a date idea too!

Pack a lunch as food a little pricey and get there early to avoid a long wait!

usha

This is a perfect museum for science lovers and for whole family as well. It is made for all kind of people from kids to old no matter u will have fun

anand nair

My suggestions for a must-visit in London include: British Museum - The most notable items in its collection include the Parthenon sculptures, the Rosetta Stone and the Ancient Egyptian mummies. 

Ashley Campbell

Its great because you can go back so many times and see something new every time, lots of fun interactive and educational things.

N. Colaco

Great place to spend the day! I have been there over 5 times and i never get bored, this museum it is an amazing place!

Kathryn

Not just a fun day out for this science geek, but a brilliant and diverse collection of things to get your mind going. Interactive exhibits are absolutely wonderful, and our visit took hours upon hours as we got absorbed in playing with things. Great fun!

Violet

Great fun to visit. I went with someone who believes that what doesn't say "Don't touch" you can touch it...well not every time so when you hear the alarm you definitely put your hand on something which you shouldn't. Whether you visit with kids or friends it is just a nice place to be and have some fun to wonder about things and see objects which you didn't even know exist :)

Anna dobie

The science museum is a fantastic place for a day out - children of all ages will love the interactive element and so much to see and do - you will need more than one visit to cram everything in,

Anna Goedeke

I went to the Science Museum with my nephew and niece and must say that it is a wonderful day for a fun day out. Each of the kids decided on one section to see, we went to one of the bubble shows for kids and then the kids played in the play area. They loved it and want to go again next time they visit!

Diana B

This is one of my favourite London Museums. It makes me feel like a kid again - really fun and interactive. I especially love all the 'Lates' events they have on the last wednesday of every month. Highly recommend it.

ROSALIND BARCLAY

THE SCIENCE MUSEUM IS A WONDERFUL DAY OUT FOR ALL AGES...AND IT IS THE PLACE TO VISIT MANY TIMES...THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW ON DISPLAY,ALWAYS AN AREA OF THE MUSEUM THAT YOU DID NOT SEE ON YOUR FIRST VISIT...THE SCIENCE EXPERIENCE TO EDUCATE AND TO ENJOY...AND HAVE FUN.

Olivia Russell

I'm embarrassed to admit I wasn't overly impressed with the Science museum, I thoroughly enjoyed the 4D space experience, it was an extra cost but it was worth every penny. The space exhibition (free) was also great. However, otherwise I found it not to live up to my expectations - I thought it would be more interactive and encourage fascination, unfortunately it didn't and I will be sticking to the natural history museum in future.

Sarah

A fun and interactive museum, with lots of free exhibits. The only downside is that it closes too early for an after work visit!

nausher

Went for the lates...it was so cool!! What an experience Silent disco was the best

George A

The science museum is one of the better museums in London.. You go in knowing a little about the science in the world then you come out knowing 100% more , Fantastic for families and anyone who loves science!! Highly recommend..

Andrea Miller

An amazing Museum made all the better for being free to enter. When you arrive it is necessary to file past museum staff who ask for your donation so, up to you if you want to contribute. Exhibits and content are wonderful and it is great for kids. So much so, that during school holidays it is chaotic, so if you don't like hoards of children grabbing your legs and running amok then best avoided during those periods.

kate

Simply excellent,all three of my sons enjoyed it thouroughly(they didn't want to leave!).Would definately recomend a visit to family and friends.

Kelsey J

Though certainly dwarfed by its neighbour the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum has some good exhibits and cafes, and, even better, has no line-up. In particular the space exhibit is neat to take a look at, as is the large steam train in the entrance foyer. No match for the Natural History Museum, but great for days when that line-up is more than you care to handle.

Nigel Evans

The Science Museum has been a wonderful place to visit with my primary school class for many years now. The helpers really do help and the children always have a brilliant time.

Miha

Museum is very interesting with many many items. I recommend it for everyone (is not just for science fans).

Thomas

The Apollo 10 CSM callsign was Charlie Brown. The lunar module model beside it had the callsign Snoopy. I thought at the time it was cheeky, but it all worked and checked out the whole Saturn 5/Apollo system for the first landing 2 months later in July 1969. As challenged by President John F Kennedy in 1961. The feat was repeated in November 1969. Twice before the decade was out. I may be wrong, but I think Snoopy is still in lunar orbit. Who knows, one day........! The science museum has 7 floors. It would need a day for each floor do do properly. That is a whole week for one Museum. Is the Vickers Vimy still there? It was the first aeroplane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1919.

KRYSTINA DRYDEN

Great place to spend a few hours, especially if the weathers bad. Plenty to see, very informative and loads to keep the kids interested.

PS

Still a great place to go for little and big kids alike!

NIck

What an amazing way to spend a soggy day in London town! Loads for adults to enjoy and be amazed with! Enough 'serious' things for kids to 'play' and press buttons..... And then the third floor... FANTASTIC!!!! (even for BIG kids!) Great!!! and free!! we will be back!!!

Charlotte Jackson

I have been many times and am never disappointed! There is so much to see and do, and always something new that you hadn't noticed on a previous visit!

Kate Rushton

I love the Science Museum. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper I have been visiting this place.

Dawn Thompson

The Science Museum is a great place to visit for all ages especially on a rainy day. Its made even better by the fact its free and being so close to South Kensington where there are great places to eat. Id highly recommend some of the science lates nights! Great fun!

Geraldine

The Science Museum was amazing, my first thought was WOW there was so much to see. The display of lights as you first walk in was eye catching and amazing to watch.

Laura

This museum is brilliant, a must visit for the children. My daughter loves the hand on work shop and the shows.

Claire

Great day out and not just for kids. You would need 3+ hours to see everything but this museum is simply amazing. Don't visit London without giving a pop in.

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