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Where else can you find life-changing objects from Stephenson’s Rocket to the Apollo 10 command module, take in a science show, catch an immersive 3D movie, enjoy the thrills of a special effects simulator, introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactives and encounter the past, present and future of technology in seven floors of galleries? At the Science Museum you can find all this and more!
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Closed 24-26 December
Admission to the Museum is free but charges apply to the IMAX 3D Cinema, simulators and some special exhibitions and events.
The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, with particular strengths in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700.
It has been uniquely placed to acquire objects recording the Industrial Revolution, and now holds unrivalled collections in this area. Medical artifacts from all periods and cultures also form an important part of its holdings.
Items from this collection
World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Maritime, Land Transport, Inland Waterways, Industry, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Aviation, Archives, Agriculture
Key artists and exhibits
- Who Am I
- Apollo 10
- Difference engine
- Fly Zone
Cosmos & Culture
- 23 July 2009 — 31 December 2015 *on now
Explore how astronomy has changed the way we see our universe - and ourselves - through this object-rich exhibition. From ancient heritage to cutting edge technology, trace the history of people and the stars through different stories drawn from around the world.
Cosmos & Culture uses a new multimedia display environment that allows you to explore objects in depth and find out about key scientific concepts. See how different instruments work, discover the stories of the people who made and used them, and enjoy beautiful models, illustrations and photographs.
Exhibition supported by the Patrons of the Science Museum with additional support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, STFC.
3D: Printing the Future
- 9 October 2013 — 4 January 2015 *on now
3D printers inspire creativity: the exhibition wall is an explosion of over 600 printed objects. But where’s the real innovation?
Explore this exhibition to discover how innovators are using 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change your life. The stories we’ve uncovered focus on the future of industry, medicine and whether 3D printing will change your shopping experience.
See lighter, more efficient plane parts created through 3D printing that could save fuel on your flights.
Check out 3D printed replacement body parts – from those already used today, to the possible 3D printed organs of the future.
Discover the open-source mechanical hand that carpenter Richard Van As made on a consumer machine to replace his missing fingers.
And see how 3D printing can inspire artists in Inversive Embodiment, an intricate sculptural work by Tobias Klein that incorporates MRI scans and St Paul’s Cathedral.
How will 3D printing shape your future?
- Family friendly
Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick
- 9 April 2014 — 9 April 2015 *on now
Delve into the archives of James Lovelock, one of Britain’s most important living scientists and inventors, in our new exhibition.
Featuring previously unseen materials acquired by the Science Museum in 2012, the exhibition gives a unique insight into Lovelock’s creative mind, personality and unconventional ideas.
James Lovelock’s career has spanned scientific fields as diverse as medicine, environmental science, atmospheric chemistry and space exploration. He is most famous for formulating the Gaia hypothesis – the idea that Earth is a self-regulating system. This theory has been both hugely influential and controversial. It has profoundly shaped how environmental scientists view issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are Lovelock’s laboratory notebooks, drafts of his papers and equipment from the laboratory in his back garden, where some of his most important work was done. The exhibition also features tools used by Lovelock to build many of his inventions, including a watchmaker’s lathe and the home-made gas chromatography equipment that journeyed to the Antarctic and back and proved crucial to scientists’ current understanding of global atmospheric pollution.
Unlocking Lovelock provides a unique insight into the life of this extraordinary man and illustrates the enormous value of archives as a resource for future research.
- Any age
- 1 October 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now
Information Age will be the first museum gallery in the UK dedicated to the history of communication and information technology, celebrating over 200 years of inventions and innovations that have transformed how we communicate. The gallery will take over the largest single space in the Science Museum and feature over 800 unique objects from our world class collections.
From the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable between the UK and North America, to the birth of satellite communications and the smart phone, Information Age will explore the major technological advances that have helped shape the connected world we live in today. Remarkable personal stories about how these developments have transformed peoples’ lives will be brought to life through sophisticated interactive displays, film and audio.
- Family friendly
Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedges' Photographs for Shelter, 1968-72
- 2 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now
A hard-hitting collection of photographs taken by Nick Hedges for Shelter between 1968 and 1972 are to be shown together for the first time in a new exhibition at the Science Museum.
Commissioned by housing charity Shelter to photograph people living in poor housing conditions, documentary photographer Nick Hedges spent three years travelling areas of deprivation around the UK to create this significant body of work reflecting the often distressing reality of the critical social issue of housing.
Hedges donated 1,000 prints from his Shelter work to the National Media Museum in 1983. However, until now their use has been restricted to protect the privacy of his subjects.
Co-curated by Dutch independent curator Hedy van Erp and the National Media Museum’s Curator of Photographs Greg Hobson, this moving and inspiring set of black and white photographs of real-life situations exemplifies Hedges’ unique position in the practice of documentary photography at the time, which was largely focused on recording conflict and international events.
Hedges’ mission to harness the immediate power of photography to change the way we think about social issues led him to create this stirring collection, and his empathy for his subjects is evidenced through his detailed contemporary notes, extracts of which will appear in the exhibition.
Virgin Media Studio, Media Space, Science Museum, London.
- Family friendly
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
- 1 November 2014 — 1 May 2015 *on now
Discover dramatic stories of Russian space exploration this new temporary exhibition. Opening November 2014 and running for 6 months.
For the first time in the UK, the remarkable story of Russian scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age is to be explored in a landmark new exhibition at the Science Museum.
Cosmonauts will bring to life the stories of Russian space endeavour to dramatic life through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen either outside Russia.
In 1957 Soviet Russia launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, and four years later it sent the first human into space - Yuri Gagarin. However, the story of Russian space exploration is much older. Cosmonauts will explore the science and technology of Russian space travel in its cultural and spiritual context, revealing a deep rooted national yearning for space that was shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century.
Amongst the star objects on display will be real, cosmonaut-flown spacecraft, pioneering rocket engines, space suits and other life support systems. There will also be examples of the personal and poignant - memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight.
Cosmonauts represents a major collaboration between the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and draws on the support of many institutions and individuals in the UK and Russia to bring together the most significant collection of space artefacts ever to leave Russia.
- Any age
Engineer Your Future
- 17 December 2014 — 1 December 2017
Young people will be inspired to think like engineers and have their preconceptions challenged in a free interactive exhibition that is to open at the Science Museum this December.
Engineer Your Future, a three-year exhibition opening in the Science Museum’s contemporary science wing, will put visitors’ problem solving skills to the test, exploring engineering through large-scale, high quality interactive games and digital experiences that bring to life the skills engineers use every day.
Visitors will discover some of the fascinating stories of women and men who work in engineering today, with striking objects and an accompanying film illustrating cutting-edge engineering and exploring how engineers design, improve and test their ideas.
- Family friendly
Interstellar: The IMAX Experience (12A), Science Museum
- 8 — 30 November 2014 *on now
Award-winning director Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Hollywood space epic Interstellar (12A) is coming to the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre. Watch an outstanding cast featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway on one of the argest screens in the UK. And as one of only four venues in the UK to show Interstellar in Nolan’s intended 70mm film format, you will experience 40% more film image that will be hidden on screens of large cinema chains.
Building Bonanza Low Energy House Game
Try to build a "house of the future" by selecting the most environmentally friendly, low-energy materials and features in this online interactive game.
Challenge of Materials
An online exhibition about materials, with interactive elements exploring types of materials, selecting materials, making materials, and 'world-changing' materials.
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Energy - fuelling the future
A website designed to help KS2 and KS3 children find out about how we use energy, and make the most of a visit to the Energy Fuelling the Future gallery at the Science Museum. Here you will find fascinating facts, quizzes, and a wealth of practical activities developed with teachers who have tested them with their own children in schools. Many of the activities can be adapted for different audiences.
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Energy Info Zone
Kids' Science Book Club
The Kids Science Book Club is a fun and interactive book club to encourage children to read and learn whilst enjoying a literary extravaganza. It’s a great way to learn more about science in a fun way. On Saturdays, monthly at 11.00.
How to obtain
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Making the Modern World: Bridges
This mathematics study module, available online, looks at how differently shaped bridges, built at different periods of time, handle loads and stress.
Making the Modern World: Urban Sustainability - Cities and the Role of Technology
This geography study module, available online, looks at urban development. Case studies are taken from cities around the world, and demonstrate cities as different kinds of systems, sustainability, and how technological developments affect urban life.