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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Having attended the opening of the Science Museum's new Wonderlab Gallery, I felt the museum has done an excellent job of creating first class exhibits that engage and enthral visitors. Science is cool, and this museum reminds us just how much fun it can be!
With Wonderlab in particular, you feel like you're in the best science lesson ever, with all of the fun stuff, none of the teachers and very few of the rules. Overall, a great experience!
We were lucky enough to visit the exhibition during the opening week. The nature of the exhibits are completely hands-on. These are perfect for children whilst rekindling the joy if science in adults. What I liked about each of the stations was that they weren't overburdened with weighty explanations allowing the participants to come up with their own theories (using the scientific method). There are the obvious popular crowd pleasers such as the friction slides, infinity mirror boxes and water drop photography. However, there are some less flashy gems out there that really changed my view of how the world works. I would recommend Sound Bite within Sound and Cloud Rings within Matter. There is a friendly team of 'Explainers' that are happy to provide insight as well as demonstrations. However, some exhibits completely defy explanation such as the Chaotic Rope within the Forces zone.
ScienceLab is a hands-on display to really get into for all ages. This room was huge and they fit a lot of activities in it which was so varied in terms of what to see and to learn. Could have easily spent 3+ hours in there and definitely recommended if there is an adults-only viewing of this (i.e. Lates) so you can be a kid again but without kids! Ah! Fun, learning and bliss! This is what this exhibition has! Oh and who knew dry ice could be so beautiful.
When I was a schoolboy my parents would take me to the science museum each year. The exhibits presented a fascinating account of the history of technological innovation. I remember highly informative galleries devoted to steam engines, space exploration and aviation. I am sure the museum influenced my career choice and encouraged me to become an aeronautical engineer. Today I returned to the museum expecting to see those familiar galleries updared with the latest audio visual interactive technology.
At the entrance to the museum, I was shocked at being asked to make a £5 donation. Most London museums have a collecting box for donations, and I normally make a donation. But to have every visitor stand in line and ask for a donation is tacky.
The museum continues to house the treasures which I remember from my youth - Janes Watt's steam engines, Stevenson's Rocket, the Apollo 10 command module etc. but there was no coherent display, no thematic galleries, no informative storytelling. There was simply a confused and poorly presented collection of objects. Some information boards out of date, some so dark it was impossible to read. The confusion was evident right from the start where the famous entrance hall and collection of steam engines is now punctuated by a ticket sales desk, a space capsule made of Lego and a machine for commemorative coins. And of course a large brightly lit gift shop.
This should be one of London's great museums. It certainly has objects which would make a great museum. But this museum appears to have lost its way and is poorly curated. Britain is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and we deserve something better to tell that fascinating story to our children and visitors from around the world.