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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
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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 (www.danacentre.org.uk). 

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Details

Address:
Exhibition Rd
London
SW7 2DD
Transport:
Tube: South Kensington
Price:
Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
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Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

  • 2 out of 5 stars

If you think science fiction is just for nerds, this big new show isn’t going to change your mind. The Science Museum has pulled together all the robots, spaceships and sexy green aliens it can find. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you. But it is for me. Science fiction is an incredible cultural phenomenon, a genre of art, literature and film that allows the imagination to go wild and consider where humanity is going, where it is, and where it has come from. It’s about us, the very fabric of life, and it’s amazing. This show is a celebration of that.  It’s full of props, models and costumes from sci fi cinema’s long history: the late Nichelle Nichols' uniform from the genuinely awful first Star Trek film, a spacesuit from the original Alien, Darth Vader’s helmet, a tricorder, a Dalek, Maria from Metropolis, Hal from 2001. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s a bummer that so much of the memorabilia is replicas instead of originals. You can see a replica of the xenomorph from Alien for free at any Forbidden Planet, for £20 you’d expect the real thing.  A genre of art, literature and film that allows the imagination to go wild But the main mistake is in pushing so hard on the links between science and science fiction. Are people really coming here to see the history of pacemakers or to learn how CRISPR gene editing works? I get it, the Science Museum’s job is to educate, but a lot of this feels tangential and just takes away from the whole celebration of sci fi thing.  Sci fi is so h

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