Science Museum

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Planet Science in Space Gallery © Jennie Hills
Ototo robot © Dentaku
Kids Imax © Science Museum
Making the Modern World © 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 ( 

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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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  • Exhibitions Until Tuesday March 1 2016 Free
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  • Until Saturday December 5 2015
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  • Photography Until Monday March 28 2016
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  • Until Sunday March 13 2016
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  • Until Friday January 1 2016 Free
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  • Photography Until Monday March 28 2016
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  • Exhibitions Tuesday October 13 2015 - Wednesday March 16 2016 Free
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  • Classical and opera Friday October 23 2015 Free
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  • Exhibitions Wednesday October 28 2015 - Wednesday November 25 2015 Free
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  • Exhibitions Friday January 22 2016 - Sunday May 22 2016
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:51
  • 4 star:9
  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Tina Remiz

To me, this is a symbol of what a museum should be: not imposing old building where you tiptoe through large rooms hoping something will catch your attention, but a modern place that presents information in an engaging, well structured and memorable way, ignites curiosity and even after the whole day leaves your hungry for more!

I love that Science Museum constantly innovates and really makes science accessible and cool!
I even came here for my Birthday - that tells a lot!

Ed. T

NB - This review is specifically for Robots 3D

Robots 3D is one of the new IMAX film, which in itself is an experience, let alone the film! The screen is mind bogglingly large, and is almost imposing in how much it dominates your view and senses. The film itself was less impressive in my opinion: while interesting and offering some insight into some pretty cool robots in the world, it fails to deliver enough insight and information. It's a shame it doesn't really go in depth in the world of humanoid robots, failing to really show how they're being used in practical situations and sticking largely to just interesting test robots that are in labs. It also doesn't make particularly good use of 3D, and could've easily been a standard 2D film and lowered their price tag. Despite that, it's worth taking younger children to if robots are of some interest to them, and would be a fun side activity to do in conjunction with a visit to the museum as a whole.


I am not sure why the queues are not longer to get into this amazing museum-- but to be honest I am glad because it means I can get in without a hitch. I love love love this place. So much to learn about and see! I really love seeing how far humans have come in terms of tech, medicine, etc. One of the exhibits right now, Churchill's Wizards is especially amazing if you are a a 'war buff'. 

There always seems to be something going on, be it a talk or exhibition, so the limit really is your time and money. It's always good to get there early to avoid any possible 'rushes'. The cafes are fine for snacks and what not, but I would go outside if you want a full meal. 

And don't forget to donate--- yes its free but come on guys!! 

Kate H

A few years ago i'd have easily given 5 stars to this museum but sadly of late it seems to be going the way that many others are - moving in corporate and theme park technology. There used to be loads more free shows and wonderful actors cropping up as anythiung from scientists from bygone days to pregnant men! They're still here - so i'm told - but lost in the vastness of the museum. I believe 1 actor performance a day with 2 opportunities to see them which is often left off the information boards. There are explainer shows which can be hit and miss but the museum is a fabulous building and will take several days to explore! Currently there seems to be plans afoot to close off certain galleries in order, i presume, to update them? I hope this is the case and that they won't lose much of what is great already. The cafes are ok but too expensive for me hence i take a packed lunch in with me and just buy a coffee - very good by the way. I'm looking forward to the next wonderful science late - a regular adult only evening opening with some fantastic free events (last Weds in every month). I've heard the surreal but hilarious Cockroach tours have disappeared but am hoping not for good. I've not laughed as much in a long time at the sight of my partner running around the museum calling 'Scuttle' dressed in an oversized giant cockroach costume! And all with a serious message about global warming/environmental issues. More of this craziness please!

Luisa G

Great museum, especially if you are visiting with kids. It's great to see all the weird and wonderful sciencey things on show for people to enjoy - a great way to get kids more excited by science.

Kritt N

I absolutely love the Science Museum because of the way it brings science to life. There are seven floors to explore to your curious minds content. The museum is divided into wings, all showcasing a broad range of topics from contemporary science to technology. The museum shop is also worth a visit for it's wacky gifts and there is an in-house imax cinema showing scientific films in 3D so adults and kids can immerse themselves in the world of science.  The museum is is easily reachable from pleasant South Kensington tube station. The Science Museum is a great place for everyone of all ages but even more so for kids. If you're spending time with your kids, there is no place better than the Science Museum to get them inspired.


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.

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.

Staff Writer

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

Warwick W

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


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

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!


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!!!

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