Science Museum

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Ototo robot © Dentaku
Kids Imax © Science Museum
Making the Modern World © Science Museum
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The Energy Hall © Science Museum
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. Tickets to the museum’s in-house IMAX cinema cost extra. 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 ( The museum's new communications gallery, the first permanent gallery in the UK dedicated to the history of information and communications technology, opens on Saturday October 25. Information Age will be free to visit and will feature a specially commissioned artwork, 'Fiducial Voice Beacons', by BAFTA winning artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer.


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Venue name: Science Museum
Address: Exhibition Rd
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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  • 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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  • Wednesday July 29 2015 Free
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  • Wednesday August 26 2015 Free
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  • Friday September 18 2015 - Sunday March 13 2016
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  • Wednesday September 30 2015 Free
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  • Wednesday October 28 2015 Free
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  • Wednesday November 25 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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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.

Curated London

Review for The Exponential Horn: In Search of Perfect Sound 

At 27 feet long, the horn in question is the UK's largest audio loudspeaker. It was designed and built in 1929 by the Science Museum's then Curator of Communications. Believed destroyed, a section was recently discovered in storage, and the entire horn has been completely rebuilt to the original specification.

Why anyone would do this isn't immediately obvious; the Mount Everest response ('because it's there') springs to mind. Once you're in the museum's media space and have read the blurb, you sit and stare into the black, seven-foot void of the horn's aperture. An onsite radio studio broadcasts a range of programming to showcase the horn's capabilities.

On our visit, a little talk radio proved a soothing distraction from the hubbub of South Ken during half-term. It's probably the least child-friendly part of the Science Museum, as there is absolutely nothing to do but sit and reflect, which makes it really rather nice. 

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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


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!


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

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!


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!


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.



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.


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


Went for the 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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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!


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.


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


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.

Beki Lacy

The Science Museum has to be by far my favorite place in all of London. I have been coming here at least once a year since being very young with my family - there's literally something to do for EVERY age. I especially love the interactive area and their IMAX cinema as they make me feel like I'm in the year 3000! Have learnt so many interesting facts over my previous visits and I can't wait to go back in a few months time!

Rebecca Holden

This museum is first rate - a great day out for free. Actually, you could spend a whole week there and still not see or do everything that is available. As it is free, I would highly recommend buying tickets for the "fly 360" experience on level 3 - a flight simulator that actually flies like a real jet aeroplane, including rotating through 360 degrees both vertically and horizontally - the best fun I have had in ages, and surprisingly not at all stomach churning. On the downside I would recommend bringing your own picnic as the food and drinks inside the museum were expensive - £25 for 2 sandwiches, 2 packets of crisps, 2 cake slices and 2 drinks, but the make your own milkshakes were delicious.


Brilliant museum, always worth a visit, lots of interesting exhibits and the IMAX is breathtaking!

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