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  1. The Energy Hall © Science Museum
    The Energy Hall © Science Museum
  2. © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
    © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
  3. Making the Modern World © Science Museum
    Making the Modern World © Science Museum
  4. Planet Science in Space Gallery © Jennie Hills
    Planet Science in Space Gallery © Jennie Hills
  5. Ototo robot © Dentaku
    Ototo robot © Dentaku
  6. Kids Imax © Science Museum
    Kids Imax © Science Museum
  7. © Science Museum
    © Science Museum
  8. Media Space Cafe © Science Museum
    Media Space Cafe © Science Museum

Time Out says

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, is 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 £23 for a family of three, 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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Exhibition Rd
Tube: South Kensington
Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
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Our Future Planet

  • Science and technology

Did you know that carbon dioxide can be removed from the atmosphere and used to make everyday things like cutlery, sunglasses and even vodka? This free Science Museum exhibition explores the technology of carbon capture and storage and how it can mitigate climate change. This is futuristic stuff based on centuries-old natural processes. Techniques to conserve woodlands and prevent carbon dioxide leaving power stations and factories are starting to being employed to reduce the amount of the gas in our atmosphere. And produce cool accessories!

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

Opening in October 2022, ‘Science Fiction: Voyage into the Unknown’ is set to be the most ambitious exhibition the Science Museum has ever staged. The immersive show will place visitors right at the heart of an interactive sci-fi story involving an extra-terrestrial spaceship. They’ll be able to get up close and personal with significant scientific artefacts and authentic pieces from major works of science-fiction, many of which are being displayed in the UK for the first time, to discover how scientists and sci-fi writers have inspired one another through the years. Beam me up, Scotty!

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