Science Museum

Exhibition Road, London

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The Science Museum was founded in 1857 and today is one of the city's major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually. The Museum has a large number of famous items such as Stephenson's Rocket. It's galleries include The East hall, Exploring space, Information age, Flight etc. The museum is next to the Natural History Museum and used to be connected to it by a public corridor, which is now closed. Current temporary exhibitions feature everything from 3D Printing to Psychology, a giant 27ft horn loud speaker and an exhibition about rubbish. Although called a museum of science, it is really more a museum of industry. It has working models and real equipment from the industrial revolution in the 18th century, the great Victorian engineering, the age of aeroplanes and space in the 20th century. The Science Museum has a dedicated library, and until the 1960s was Britain's National Library for Science, Medicine and Technology.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 18:00

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Reviews

  • Peter Bowles

    4
    - 11 September 2018 -

    Still a great museum...just a pity quite a bit of it was closed off this time...Funny how a lot of it is exactly the same as when I was a kid...40 years ago! Maybe a little change is needed ? I'd love to see more active exhibits...like the big beam engines moving maybe....All the money seems to be spent on interactive IT exhibits...you can find more interesting software online these days. Loved the clock section as a lot were wound and working- impressive and beautiful. Don't miss the Flight room...the planes through history are quite magnificent. And the space hall of course.

  • Elizabeth Smith-Dane

    4
    - 01 September 2018 -

    For kids head straight to the 'wonder lab' on the top floor. It's not free. Wonder lab was £22 for a family ticket 2018. Lots of staff around to help explain how everything works. Museum hasn't changed much in last 5 yrs. Could do with moving things around to keep it interesting.

  • Manish Patel

    5
    - 26 August 2018 -

    I've been here as kid myself and today I bought my kids here ! Oh what a joy! From steam engines and trains... to jet fighters... the human body and the atmosphere! And also not forgetting about the future.. so much to learn and interact with, for nearly all ages. Had a great time with a 12, 9 and 4 year old! Do try the red arrows 360 flight simulators! A queue, but worth waiting for!

  • Yogita Deshpande

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Excellent place for people in all ages. So detailed and informative. It is very big and one day is not enough. If you have a kids and less time then would suggest to read the website information regarding the things to do as per age per museum level before you visit. So you can get maximum in less time. My daughter enjoyed a bubble show very much thanks to the host very much. Staff was good and helpful. And yes don’t forget your strollers and good to go.

  • Shai Solomon

    5
    - 21 August 2018 -

    Loved coming here as a child and still do as an adult. It’s free but they ask for a small donation. This is optional, however. Great for all ages and abilities. Informative and up to date information. The cafes in here are decent prices which is a bonus. The gift shop has a variety of items. Very close to the station and easily accessible.

  • Anthony Zurkster

    4
    - 19 August 2018 -

    I've always loved venturing through the plethora of fascinating exhibits and now enjoy taking my kids to see and learn about our technological advancements. Having changed so much since my last visit. Sadly I feel though my most enjoyed attractions and exhibits, were no longer being displayed. I believe they've tried too hard to create a child oriented museum and have lost allot of it's earlier appeal for me personally. But do not let this dissuade anyone from visiting because of the amazing overall appeal and attractions, or curiosity about our technological history.

  • Jacqui Goodall

    4
    - 01 August 2018 -

    Great place to spend a few hours. Plenty to amuse both young and old. Lots of hands on opportunities for children and interesting displays showing the progression of technology through the years. Free entry (with optional donation), some exhibits need to be paid for though most of the museum is free. Great play area for babies and toddlers in the basement. Something for everyone.

  • Stephanie Anne Brown

    4
    - 01 August 2018 -

    It was free entry apart from a few exhibitions inside. Lots going on and my nephews aged 10 and 11 really enjoyed the whole experience. They did the fly 360, a little bit scary for them but they still liked it, and a bit overpriced for a 4 minute ride at £12 for two and a very long wait. We liked how interactive it was too. Overall a nice day out for the summer holidays.

  • Bimeny Ponsiano

    5
    - 01 August 2018 -

    To think the Science Museum is to a greater extent design to quite mostly children is a demonstration of sensory naivety. For I think whilst it's true the Museum tries to accommodate children's interest to the best of it's ability, it's done with adults thought at the centre of all that. It is an amazing place for adults to visit and even 2 to 3 hours isn't really enough. I would like to think having specific visit one different days if you can provide a better exploration and learning.

  • Michael Bellicoso

    5
    - 28 July 2018 -

    Amazing museum. There is so much to see. The place is very well planned out. A lot of very interesting and fascinating items from the past which has lead to our current society. There are so many detailed models of items and machine from the past. They do a great job of connecting tools and machines from the past with their current counter parts. They have the first floor set up as an overview of history of science and the tools used to analyze and assess the world to the modern day versions of the tools. You can see how the accuracy of the tools has increased and changed over the years. I definitely could have spent a couple more day in there to see everything in more detail.

  • Bon Chantawibul

    - 25 April 2018 -

    Check out the Mathemetic gallery design by the one and obly, Zaha Hadid.

  • PaePae Nuanphan

    - 16 April 2018 -

    Interesting stuff here!

  • Senite8

    - 01 April 2018 -

    Great Museum for kids.

  • Łukasz Tyrała

    - 29 March 2018 -

    Bag inspection for sharp object, so to Swiss Army knifes nor scissors!

  • Łukasz Tyrała

    - 29 March 2018 -

    The layout is not very intuitive, so pick a free map at the entrance.

  • Frédéric Fr

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Impressive plane collection but as an engineer, computer and communications section is best

  • Frédéric Fr

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Impressive plane collection but as an engineer, computer and communications section is best

  • Marie sophie Fox

    - 17 March 2018 -

    Love it here

  • Joan Vidal Bosch

    - 18 February 2018 -

    Really nice however i the best time to go is the night museum

  • Philip Rijkers

    - 09 February 2018 -

    Interactive gallery

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