Science Museum

Making the Modern World Gallery at the Science Museum
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Where else can you find life-changing objects from Stephenson’s Rocket to the Apollo 10 command module, visit award winning exhibitions, 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 science and technology in four floors of galleries? At the Science Museum you can find all this and more!

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Daily 10.00-18.00

Closed 24-26 December

Admission charges

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

Collection details

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, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Launchpad
  • atmosphere
  • Who Am I
  • Apollo 10
  • Babbage
  • Difference engine
  • Fly Zone
  • IMAX
  • Lates
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
engraving of James Watt and steam engine

James Watt and our World

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2022 *on now

Explore the legendary attic workshop of engineer James Watt, preserved as it was when he died in 1819. The workshop is an astonishing time-capsule containing its original furniture, windows, doors and fireplace, and 8,430 fascinating objects left as they were in Watt’s lifetime.

See some of Watt’s remarkable inventions that have shaped the way we live today and learn why he was heralded the ‘greatest benefactor of the human race’. From steam power to tea services, explore the relationship between Watt’s steam engine and a new age of consumption.

Watt's improved engines meant steam could be used everywhere, from pumping coal mines to powering textile mills and breweries. Find out more about the renowned engineer and his incredible legacy.

Visit this gallery to discover remarkable objects that helped shape Britain’s industrial past and future.

Website

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/exhibitions/james_watt_and_our_world.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image of wildfire in forest

1.5 v 2 Degrees Celsius: Why Half a Degree Really Counts

  • 29 April 2021 7:30-8:45pm

The persistent march of a warming climate is perceived as incremental changes. But the greater the change in global temperature, the higher the risk that the cumulative impact of all these changes could cross a tipping point of dramatic and irreversible climate change.

Earth is already one degree hotter than at pre-industrial levels and we are already seeing unprecedented melting of polar ice, wildfires, extreme weather and widespread extinctions. The 2015 Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius or to 2 at the very most. If we pass this point, we increase the risk that the Earth’s climate system changes abruptly and for the worse.

But what is the science behind how we model our current trajectory, how do we shape our responses to the urgent threat, and how is climate change affecting communities across the globe already? At this online event, a panel of campaigners and experts in climate science and policy come together to plot out the various scenarios and how best to tackle the challenge.

Speakers include:

Anote Tong: Former President of the Republic of Kiribati, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and a world-renowned campaigner against climate change and for ocean conservation.

Cassidy Kramer: A member of the Alaskan Inupiaq community, enrolled in the Caleb Scholars programme, which advocates for protecting Arctic waters through ancestral knowledge.

Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH: Botanist, ecologist, former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, and Visiting Professor, University of Reading

Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge: Deputy Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and Chair of the Carbon Trust.

Anushka Asthana: Editor-at-large for the Guardian, presenter of the Guardian Today in Focus podcast and co-presenter of Peston.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/climate-talks

Wind turbines in a line

The Clean Energy Revolution

  • 13 May 2021 7:30-8:45pm

With climate change threatening to spiral out of control, the time has come to accelerate our transition from oil,coal and gas to alternative energy sources.

Our burning of fossil fuels dates back millennia, but our reliance on them in the past two centuries has increased dramatically.

Solar, wind, tidal, geothermal energy as well as advances in energy storage offer greener alternatives. That’s before we even get to nuclear fusion, long considered the Holy Grail of energy solutions – a clean and virtually limitless supply of energy that could in principle provide all our power with almost no carbon emissions – and large scale fusion projects worldwide appear tantalisingly close to achieving it. Although some claim that fusion is thirty years away and always will be.

How can governments, businesses, scientists, and citizens work together to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy? This virtual panel discussion aims to find out.

Speakers include:

Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith FRS: Emeritus Professor of Physics, Oxford University, former Director-General of CERN and Chair of ITER

The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP: Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

William Kamkwamba: Malawian inventor, co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and founder of the Moving Windmills Project.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili FRS (Chair): Theoretical physicist, author, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/climate-talks

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Building Bonanza Low Energy House Game

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/games/building_bonanza.aspx

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

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/on-line/challenge/

An online exhibition about materials, with interactive elements exploring types of materials, selecting materials, making materials, and 'world-changing' materials.

Creator

  • Science Museum

Publisher

  • Science Museum

Energy - fuelling the future

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/energy/

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.

Creator

  • Science Museum

Kids' Science Book Club

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/membership/kids_science_book_club.aspx

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

Booking is essential - email membership@sciencemuseum.org.uk or call 020 7942 4333.

Making the Modern World: Bridges

http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/learning_modules/maths/02.TU.03/

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

http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/learning_modules/geography/04.TU.01/?section=14

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.

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London
Greater London
SW7 2DD
England

Website

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

info@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

General enquiries and feedback

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Telephone

Information and bookings

02079424000

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