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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 Sunday September 3 2017

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Ros A

I went to the newly opened Wonderlab not so long ago and it's really 'wonderful' (sorry for the cliche). I haven't been to the Science Museum for about 20 years and I really enjoyed coming back and seeing how different it was to when I came as a child. The Wonderlab is visually stunning and quite interesting, even if you aren't a science buff. Recommended.

Antonio José F

I must admit that anything related to Science which be given for free must always be admired and accepted, but I felt so disappointed from my only visit to this failing museum that I only expect newbies NOT to believe that Science is as poor and boring as this museum seemed to me.

Karolina Muczacza

I adore this place and come every now and then with my laptop just to sit in the cafe and work. 

Great experience for kids and adults. 

There permanent and seasonal exhibitions, most of them free - it is entirely up top you if you leave a small donation which I strongly recommend; you need to get your tickets for IMAX and flight simulators. 

I particular love the permanent exhibition about exploring space - rockets, satellites, there is even a real piece of stone brought straight from the moon. 

The Challenge materials part is great for kids, they explore, feel and touch different kinds of materials and learn about their history at the same time. 

Even the museum shop is an experience, you can find there some lovely books, toys, and gadgets. 

Audrey Williart

The last Wednesday of each month, the temple of science, a space usually invaded by children, invites the +18 for a night out.

This museum is usually full of treasures of all kinds. A good example is the Oramics, from Daphne Oram, one of the first synthesizer, using a technique to draw sound. This object is significant in the world of electronic music because it allowed for the first time not only to create but to compose with electronic sounds.

With the Science Museum Lates, a very different program awaits you. Manual activities, experiences, debates and conferences are organised according to a theme, specific to each event. If the children are not part of the game, it is because the adults replace them cheerfully, all busy in their activities.

But be careful, the playful aspect is only a trick to plunge us into science, and learn without noticing it.

You can visit the rest of the museum in peace. Strange things happen, do not be surprised to see giant cockroaches sneaking into the museum or dancers strangely moving their bodies in the silent disco space.


Located in my favourite neighbourhood in London, the Science Museum is a brilliant place to visit. It's quite large, with several rooms for their permanent collection, smaller ones for temporary (and often free!) exhibitions, and a cinema inside. 

The Museum also has 2 cafés, which are both great to work in actually. They provide free wifi so you can connect your laptop to get some studying done, which is what I like to do on weekdays. It tends to be less crowded and you can work in peace without too much background noise. Alternatively, there are rows of tables and benches near the back of the Museum, where it's much quieter to work. 

I'm more a fan of their smaller exhibitions because they change every few months and are often on something unusual or different than you'd expect. For example, the "Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care" exhibition is pretty quick to go through but is on a subject I wouldn't have expected. 

Overall, a lovely museum to visit and very child friendly! 

Rose L

Fantastic museum. Kids of all ages absolutely love it. High quality engaging content.

Anna W


Make sure you don't miss a chance to go and see the new Wonderlabs at the Science Museum! Having gone there the other week I can say that I had an amazing time- experiments were made accessible to even the most unscientific minds, and we were allowed to just roam, discover and learn in our own time and pace.

Oddly enough, I had approached my visit thinking that I wouldn't be as interested as I was in the end. I thought the experience would be tailored to children, or young families- however the presentation was not in any was patronising or dated, and all areas were interactive and fun for all ages!

I will definitely be going back soon and taking friends with me!


The science museum is super fun and fantastically informative,worth a visit for young and old alike. Packed with exciting exhibitions of the scientific variety! On my last visit I went up to the Wonderlab section of the museum. An extra £6 entry but a great chance to have some hands on fun. With a Chemistry bar that has someone performing live experiments,three big slides to swoop down to test friction,the magnetic liquid machine, colour room,mist cauldron and a heap of other fun and informative things to get stuck into. 

Telmo M

Really nice museum where you can have a lot of fun specially if you go with kids. Nice places to eat as well around. Located in south kensington. Very nice area to spend all day around


I am generally overwhelmed with museums during the day, with all the families and kids running around; so I was ecstatic to get the chance to visit the new Wonderlab before it opened to the public. Wow, I can actually enjoy a museum when I can be a kid myself! Wonderlab is a big hall of big or small scientific stations; about stuff you would learn at school but never experience in practice. I particularly enjoyed the indoor lightning station but every station has mind-blowing scientific experiments coming to life. Definitely a must-visit for kids and adults alike!


Just been to the new Wonderlab exhibition and it's great. Mainly aimed at kids, it also hits the spots with big kids as well! The entire exhibition is interactive so you end moving around it playing, building and learning. I can only imagine how much fun actual kids would have, as I really enjoyed it. Have been several times to the science museum and it never fails to disappoint


If you’re like anyone like me, and a huge lover of science, a visit to the science museum is a must. This is often a forgotten about place thought to be reserved for boring school trips and excursions. However there is so much more to this place and for the most part it is free! Each time I visit, I discover new sections within it. I especially like the ‘who am I’ section with the quiz pods upstairs. There are also an array of amazing displays and an incredible space collection that is out of this world!

Having recently returned again to check out the new wonderlab, this offers plenty of interactive fun that appeals to everyone no matter what age you are, although specifically designed with kids in mind. The main aim is to make learning science fun and I feel this achieves that. This is quite different to other exhibits with seven zones to wet your appetite. There are always people on hand to help out, offer explanations and carry out live demonstrations and shows. Particular favourites included the space orbits, friction slides and the light section offering endless selfie photo opportunities with the concave mirror, heat camera and infinity boxes.

Make sure to check out the science museum lates too. With their different themes each month there are always plenty of interesting activities going on and even a silent disco. 

Ioanna La

I love science museum because it showcases the evolution and all the achievements in science and engineering throughout the years, and well, I'm an engineer so how can't I be impressed! Needless to say I've been plenty of times and I have enjoyed it every single time! First time I was there I spent almost an hour staring at the scaled model of The Forth Bridge. Last time I went there, it was for the Wonderlab exhibition which is definitely a must do at the moment in London!!! Would you like to play with sound? Would you like to see dry ice turning into gas at once without turning into a liquid first? Would you like to try out 3 different slides to understand the 3 different frictions? And these are a few of so many! So of course you would like to go and try out every single thing there. It's for kids, for families, for adults, for everyone! So what are you waiting for? Book the tickets.

Gemma H

The new WonderLab at the Science Museum pushes the education giant's interactivity somewhat further than you might be used to if you know the museum well.  The room itself manages to fit in a lot of fun that should occupy all ages. Favourites for anyone, child or adult, are likely to be the friction slide and the Tesla coil (yeah they have one!). For me though the highlight was the chemistry lab with a very informative lab technician doing science in front of your very eyes.

The WonderLab is not free (except for the under 4s) but it is worth it. Expect to spend well over an hour there and leave thoroughly scienced!


I visited the new wonderlab at the science museum and was blown away with how much 'wonder' was on offer. There are so many activities that we ran out of time, the staff members were really friendly and knowledgeable and we weren't left for more than 2 minutes without an explanation, help or extra facts about each exhibit. I went with a group of adults in the evening and it was bliss to have the freedom to whizz down the 'friction experiment' slides or make paper flying machines without worrying if we were hogging all the fun! However, I thought of all the children in my life who would be thrilled by the science and really enjoy learning through fun so hard of to the science museum, it is an absolute triumph and will bring many smiles and nurture future scientists! There wasn't many people in the 'Maths' area which made me chuckle - sorry Maths!


I loved Wonderlab! It was one big room filled with fun science everywhere I turned. The best thing about it was that I got to have a look at everything due to that fact it was just one big room, making it less overwhelming. On my previous visits to the science museum, I definitely missed out a few things due to there being so much to see; at Wonderlab I got to experience everything that was on offer! I even learnt a few things I'd forgotten since my GCSES and had fun at the same time which makes me think kids and parents will enjoy it. I particular enjoyed the huge slides which were different materials, one being grass but you'd be surprised how fast you can go down it. There was also the huge glass bowl you could put over your head which allowed you to mix colours until you found your perfect colour whilst looking a bit silly. Well done science museum for putting on such a great exhibition for everyone to enjoy :)


I have loved the science museum since I was a child, now I am an adult I still love it and the new wonderlab is a must see! The museum now has three rooms bursting with fun, excitement, experiments and puts the fun back into science! This place is a must for all ages, my inner child came out and I was literally running around from area to area like a big kid! There are lots of people on hand to ask and explain things, which I found very useful, lots of cool Photo opportunities and the coolest has to be the water droplet selfie! Go go go and you won't be disappointed! The science museum rocks #ilovescience #wonderlab

Katie B

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!  

Leah P

Free trip which is great for kids & adults! There is a box for donation at the entrance in which I would advise as this is such a great cause. Interesting and stimulating throughout the different floors but would advise if going on the weekend, get there early as can get packed out.

Tara P

The Science Museum, for the most part free, offers a fantastic opportunity for parents and teachers to combine entertainment and education. With numerous floors and the new Wonder Lab exhibit (additional charge) there's plenty there to fill the time.

The Wonder Lab is three rooms of fantastic fun, intermingled with some learning along the way. Even as a jaded, careworn adult I found the plethora of activities to be immersive and enjoyable - from the friction-based slides to the chemistry bar.

I must admit, one week on, that not much of what I learned that night has stuck in my memory...but then perhaps the Science Museum can't be blamed for my sieve-like brain. For school-aged children, the most important thing is to inspire them with the endless possibilities and questions presented by our world - and Wonder Lab will do just that!

Neil K

The Science Museum is a vast shrine of all things technical, a playground for geeks young and old, and there is something for literally everyone. I can remember visiting multiple times as a child and simply never wanting to leave.

I was recently lucky enough to experience the brand new 'Wonder Lab' out of hours shortly after it first opened to the public, and I have to say for an innovative and accessible exhibition where you interact and witness countless scientific phenomena right before your eyes, you could not possibly ask for more.

It is so good that if I'd visited as a child I think I might possibly have exploded with sheer delight. Now as as slightly more mature Chartered Engineer I still found the exhibition totally captivating, and despite being well grounded in the technical side of what is on display, it still revived a childlike enthusiasm within me to want to do everything and see everything. 

If you have kids you owe it to them to take them to this exhibition and while you're there you can go nuts doing it all too, and if you don't then go anyway and still go nuts, you owe it to yourself!


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.


The Science Museum was always my favourite museum as a kid, and nothing has changed.  It's the interactive offerings that absolutely make it so, and the Science Museum's new lab, THE WONDERLAB, is packed to the rafters with such science features to have a go at.  I was really impressed by just how many interactive installations they've got going on and you can definitely spend some good time there.  Yes take the kids, yes take a date, yes to the Science Museum for making learning fun! I'm sure I did learn something.... something about lights, and sound... 

Kishma S

I can see why this is called Wonderland, because it will leave you full of wonder!

There is an amazing variety of experiments and activities to explore which will leave you amazed amd wanting more!

If only science at school was this much fun. There is a cost associated with this exhibition but it's worth it for a few hours of fun with some education snuck in.

Mimi B

The new exhibition Wonderlab seems fairly small for the £6million investment but it nevertheless full of treasures! From ferrofluid (black, morphable, magnetic liquid) to tessellation screens to sound bubbles, it's a blast from beginning to end (and quite literally so if you venture near the sound bollards which pick up your movements). 

It made me wish I'd paid more attention to Science at school, although obviously the education system doesn't have the aforementioned budget for friction slides and liquid nitrogen. Thankfully though, you can buy an annual pass for as little as £10 and after your first 5 visits you might start to be able to answer the questions at the Chemistry Bar, if you can draw your interest away from the smoke rings that is. 


After a bit more than a year without visiting the Science museum I literally rediscovered it through their new exhibition Wonderlab : The Statoil gallery, and I loved it again!

This interactive gallery allows you to explore diverse scientific themes with an actual activity or demonstration which I must say, makes the whole scientific lingo much more accessible.

After this amazing evening playing with frequencies, gravity, ferrofluids and more cool scientific stuff, I would definitely recommend the Science museum, for kids AND adults! 

Angela L

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.

O. Gordon

If you have never been to the Science Museum you are missing out. The building is vast and varied with something for everyone, even if you think you're a science hater. If you truly are, you can sit it out in one of the cafe's or maybe watch something educational at their cinema. 

On my most recent visit we got to explore the refreshed Wonderlab. Designed to be as hands on as possible, everything is made to be poked, prodded, probed and provoked. Aimed more at children, I think you'd be hard pushed to find an adult without a smile on their face. There's slides, bridges, games, infinity boxes, pulleys, puzzles and much more. It's not a huge space but if you gave everything it's required time, you could surely spend 2-3 hours here and that's just one part of the Science Museum!

Nostalgia from trips as a child certainly bias me but even now, whenever I make a trip, I always find the Science Museum to be a great place to visit. My one recommendation is to try and go during term time and to hope there aren't swathes of school trips on their way. When it fills up, it can get really busy and even though it's great to see all the children enjoying science, sometimes it really is just too much. Good luck trying to get a quick slide in!

Marco D

Where should I start with such a grand museum full of inspirational works of tech. It's a scientific, knowledgeable world of science, design and technology. You can literally get lost and spend a whole day in the Science Museum.

I went to see WonderLab: The Statoil Gallery. It is such an unforgettable space, the beauty of imagination is so exquisite.

It really is a huge wonderland of science and impossibilities that are possible. Be ready to understand why and how this actually happens. It was truly phenomenal to see each and individual exhibit with detail and attention. There were so many pieces that stood out for me. It's difficult to choose one or two. I know wonder more how all this really works. It was extremely interactive and a great learning outcome for everyone to experience.

We also had a mini show of how a 'Bubble Volcano' would look like using dry ice frozen carbon dioxide which was just a huge treat.

The section of WonderLab that shocked me the most was when I bit my teeth into a straw that was placed within a metal rod. I put my fingers into my ears and I could hear music so clearly traveling in some way. It was unbelievable.

I have visited the museum a couple of times and the times I have visited has always been quite hectic. It's always crowded with people from around the world, people with families. The children most especially will love the WonderLab at the Science Museum as it's such a great learning experience for them.

The Science Museum is most probably known for the biggest place of science in London and don't forget it's technological works from around the world.

This is an innovative gallery space. Everything from electricity, forces, sounds, and states of matter. You name it.

Go and experience this wonder of science at the WonderLab.

#TOTastemaker Love MD.

Julie R

Went to Wonderlab:  The Statoil Gallery for a special late evening.  This is a new hands on exhibition which allows you to do and be shown various science related experiments and make science fun.  This was an adults only evening, so was nice not to have to stand back and watch the kids enjoying themselves and instead be a big kid for the evening.

There are various experiments in different zones with accompanying boards explaining the science bit.  We blew on ice to create swirly, steamy clouds, someone with a hoody on stuck their head in a steam machine so they could come out as a headless phantom (Not sure if that was want we were meant to do, but everyone had great fun watching!).  You could easily be occupied for a couple of hours trying out all of the experiments.

We were fortunate in that it was a limited entry evening, but it may not be as enjoyable during the day if there are crowds at each exhibit, but that is to be expected at such a popular museum. 

You don't have to know much about science to enjoy these.  I found it interesting to read about how each experiment works, but I couldn't remember any of the technical terms - it's just fun to find out strange things like you can hear music if you bite a straw on through a metal rod, then put your fingers in your ears!

Stephanie C

It's great to have a place which puts the wonder back in science - and that's what the wonderlab does! There's so many things to play with and to observe. I'm not a teacher, but I could see a lot of different lessons that could be learnt from all of the activities, even as an adult. The people demonstrating were great - really good to get infected with their enthusiasm. It's equally good fun as an adult and as a child. 

It's interesting to have activities that are fun, beautiful as well as opening up discussions about science. The first thing I saw as I walked in was a display which put dry ice onto water. The little rocks of dry ice skated over the service leaving beautiful fractal wakes in their paths as they sublimated into gas. There are so many other wondrous moments - including learning about resonant frequencies, chaos theory, radioactive decay. 

It was so nice to have a place to kindle, or relight a passion about science. 

Reena P

I went to the fantastic new Wonderlab exhibition which made me feel like a kid on a science trip again! It was great to explore the different zones and remember the fun of learning about science. My favourite parts were the chemistry bar and slides. I won't give too much away and ruin the surprises, but it is a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours remembering that learning about things like sound, gravity and electricity can be a lot of fun!  


Whoever said science is just for geeks is clearly mistaken, and has obviously never been to the Science Museum. The new Wonderlab exhibition demonstrates how science is involved in everything we see, hear, smell, touch and use, with, as the name suggests, wondrously engaging interactive exhibitions dedicated to light, sound, electricity, space and much more. Experience hearing a song through your teeth, see the vast difference in colour when light is split, create sounds through movement and make shapes with liquid. And if none of that excites you there are three large slides to play on. Wonderlab will appeal to all ages, it makes learning about the world around us fun and proves that science is awesome.

NakedPRGirl Claire

As Ron Weasley in Harry Potter famously said, “Wonderlab is BLOODY BRILLIANT.” Ok so I’m paraphrasing, but if he was impressed by Professor McGonagall morphing into a cat, he’d certainly enjoy a few hours in this new exhibition at the Science Museum. This place is like Weasley’s joke shop meets the classroom with fun stuff explaining the science bit to kids and adults alike. I liked the cool fairground mirrors which play with your reflection, the three slides covered in different materials that you can go down in an old sack to see which is faster, the smoky cauldron which is really flowing mist that you can affect by blowing it. There’s also a cocktail chemistry bar AND a super cool water drop photography where a camera captures the exact moment a droplet hits the water. Awesome.


The WonderLab is absolutely what it says on the tin. It's a place you go to release your child-like curiosity and ask "how" "why" "what on earth!?". It's so fantastic that they've managed to pair different levels of science (from basic things like "what is friction?" to a cloud chamber!) and what they've made is this amazing interactive fun fair. Absolutely a fun activity for both children and adults - leave plenty of time, even though it's just one floor, it's so jam packed with things to do you'll be there for a while!

Shona R

The new WonderLab exhibit is 10/10! I went last night and have already recommended it to all my colleagues (with kids or otherwise).  I love every part of the hands on experience, it felt like being in an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!

Plan to spend a couple of hours here actually playing with every experiment and taking in the science behind everything.  If you'd prefer a more laid back approach, stand at the "science bar" and let someone from the museum take you through some very cool experiments with dry ice and liquid nitrogen.

Great for kids (grown or otherwise) and recommend wearing comfortable clothing for some of the experiments

Tiago Almeida

Just visited the new 'WonderLab' exhibition and I have to admit that my inner Peter Pan had a blast and went to bed very happy.

Spent nearly 2 hours there non-stop and was amazed by almost everything.

If you have kids please take then and if you don't go anyway and you'll have a great day.

Vishaal V

The new Wonderlab exhibition is fantastic and highly recommended. There are three zones, each with multiple interactive experiments that focus on different elements of science. There are also a few exhibits where science museum staff will put on demonstrations - the chemistry bar is a highlight, especially the bubble volcanos! 

There are about 50 different exhibits and pretty much all of them are worth your time. A very welcome new addition to the museum. Though be aware that this is a ticketed exhibit that you have to pay for - well worth the money though. 


Wanting to brush up on your GCSE physics? The new Wonderlab exhibition at the science museum is for you. Bringing you theremin bollards, infinity boxes, orbits, particle detectors, magnetic sculptures, pendulum patterns to name a few within their interactive fun new creative lab. Embrace you inner science geek, an adult playground of intrigue and discovery.

Alana R

Visited here by myself one random weekday and it was the highlight of my week. There is so much to learn and also interact with! There's a highlights tour which is quite interesting and lets you in on some knowledge that you wouldn't know otherwise. I actually used some information at trivia the next week, (Neil Armstrong's mum's maiden name was Moon). 

During the week there's still plenty of people around, especially school excursions, so watch out for that. But it's a great place to spend an afternoon, I loved the Who am I section!

Daniel L

This place is for both kids and adults. I could easily spend days in there just exploring the thousands of exhibits. The place is huge and each section is utterly engaging. My favourite would be the IMAX cinema where they show films about space all the time. Imagine watching Interstellar the movie on IMAX in the science museum. What a fitting venue and that is exactly what I did! 

Sam B

I found myself near to the Science Musuem with a few hours to spare and thought it would be a comfortable way to kill some time.... and how happy was I that I did! 

Forget going with kids, just go and act like one! So many great exhibits, and so many cool things to pull and push and learn about. Planets! Stars! Electricity! Engines! Bubbles! Space! Rockets! 

But beware - this place is a child magnet, whether you go in term time (school trip heaven!) or in the school holidays (parents nightmare!), so take some patience with you. Or alternatively try one of the Musuem Lates nights, which are for big people only! 

UPDATE - Just been to the amazing Wonderlab exhibition. Lots of interactive experiments to take part in. LOTS of fun for big and little kids alike. 


Ahhhh the good old science museum ! 

I've been here countless times. its a large museum with much to see! its not my favourite but its free to get in so one can't really complain! what is there is educational and inspiring! I do like it and will have to refresh my memory on its awesomeness lol 

Lizzie W

I recently visited the Science Museum solely to see their new Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care exhibition, commemorating the Battle of the Somme.

The Science Museum itself (especially the engine and space room) was heaving with children - and it was only Tuesday at 4pm - however the exhibition (which is free of charge) was much quieter. 
The exhibition, as the name suggests, focuses on the medicine and treatments used during WW1 and how these changed as the war went on due to different fighting techniques (gas/shrapnel/explosives). It is a very sobering read but a brilliant tribute to the extraordinary things they experienced of which people still go through today. Throughout the exhibition there are a vast amount of things on display including a huge collection of medical instruments used at the time, photos of conditions and symptoms and quotes and diary entries from officers/medics.
A must visit!

Misha M.

I love this museum! I would not recommend going there on weekends if you are going there as two grown adults. But if you are taking a whole family there, it's fine on the weekends because children can go mingle with the other children. We are a childfree couple, so we spent most of our time wandering in the more quiet sections and a few minutes in the children playing area. Regardless, we didn't mind so much and it's nice to see other children enjoying themselves! It's by far one of the best science museums I've been to, sorry LA science museum! This museum offers historical themes along with a science theme, an example would be the clock evolution theme. If you want to feel old, you can see that all the 90s and 2000s things are displayed as museum pieces now, this includes Google & our smart phones. 

Kirsty E

I have always loved this museum since I was a little kid going on a school trip. Over time it has changed quite a bit, mostly for the better, as they have added more and more exhibits and content. The great thing is that pretty much everything is free (as long as you don't plan on eating at the ridiculously overpriced cafe or seeing an IMAX feature). There are some fun yet educational interactive activities to enjoy too although perhaps not as much as there used to be. Overall, a good day out for pre-teens and up.

Adrian H

Every time I visit the Science Museum my inner child takes over. 

This mostly free museum, situated near to South Kensington tube station, features numerous permanent exhibitions along with an ever changing supporting cast of temporary exhibits. Guests can expect to see planes, trains, automobiles, and a variety of space exploration craft, along with the latest advances in modern science and the major discoveries from scientific history.

The museum also features a number of areas designed specifically for children within which they can expend a lot of energy on informative toys, gadgets and interactive learning stations.

I would also recommend the IMAX 4D area, although this does come with a cost, which will take you on a journey to the dinosaurs or to outer-space, to name but two.

A must visit for all the family, the Science Museum is one of the major attractions in central London.


I must for every child, parent and grandparent in London. There is so much to see and do at the science museum so its useful to checkout the website for details on workshops and showings you can sign up to on the day, the IMAX 4D movie-ride experience is probably one of the best in my mature opinion. 

If you are keen on visiting but avoiding the school rush, the science museum lates are a good option - you can even by tickets to a sleep over in the space room. 

Tamara B

The science museum is just wonderful for so many reasons. We went recently to entertain my friend's 4 year old son. She and her family were visiting London over a long weekend. There's so much to see and do so we focused on first going to the bubble show and then letting him run around in various play areas in the basement. I learned something at the bubble show .. let's see ... No matter what shape of wand, the bubbles are always spherical because they're lazy. Bubbles made with helium gas will rise while bubbles made with carbon dioxide will sink to the floor. The people presenting the bubble show are blessed with levels of patience that seem superhuman and which I could never hope to match. It was a fun day out and my friend's little boy was very happy. He wants his parents to move to London now which I would only have the science museum to thank if it happens! 


 One of my favourite museums in London-free, educational, interactive and fun! As a kid loved sleeping over and then having the museum to ourselves before the public were allowed in and as an adult love the late night events which is a great alternative to going clubbing with friends. Gift shop also stocks lots of fantastic gifts-some too good to give away!

I recently went with my partner to see the Leonardo Di Vinci exhibition which included models of some of his greatest inventions including an early example of a diving suit and webbed glove (in place of flippers)!

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