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

Photograph of a man walking into doors positioned underneath a rainbow.

The Sun: Living With Our Star

  • 6 October 2018 — 6 May 2019 *on now

The Sun. Its beauty and power have inspired us since the dawn of civilisation. Set at the centre of our solar system, its brilliant light shapes our sense of time, our health and our environment. People have worshipped it, lived under its illumination, tried to harness its power and uncover its secrets. This is the story of humanity’s ever-changing relationship with our nearest star.

Selected Friday lates are also available.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £15 - kids aged 16 and under go free

Website

http://bit.ly/2NRe0sV

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.
Visitors at Lates taking in an activity

Blood and Revolution Lates

  • 27 February 2019 6:45-10pm

Join us on Wednesday 27 February for a special Lates inspired by our popular exhibition 'The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution'.

The Science Museum will be taking you back 100 years to the reign of the Romanovs – the last Imperial family of Russia. Discover how ground-breaking DNA research undertaken by a team in the UK was able to identify their remains with the help of the British Royal family. Find out more about the circumstances that led to their death and the Russian Revolution that changed the face of a nation.

Explore the history of Haemophilia B in the Romanov bloodline, discover the origins of the Russian railways, listen to music inspired by this tumultuous period in history and get up close with the radical art produced during the uprisings.

Discover untold stories like that of Lady Sybil Grey, a British aristocrat who found herself in Russia during the revolution, learn about the Russian film bootleggers who defied Soviet censorship and make your own Fabergé egg.

All this and much more, including the chance to go on a virtual journey that is out of this world in Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, and get down at our famous intergalactic silent disco.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is free but a free ticket needs to be purchased in advance.

Website

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

Visitors playing video games at Power UP at the Science Museum

Power UP

  • 6 — 22 April 2019

This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a fourth year this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades.

Power UP 2019 will take both gaming fans and novices on an interactive journey covering four decades of gaming history with 160 consoles and hundreds of games, right from retro arcade classics such as Space Invaders which also celebrates four decades since carving out its place in pop culture, through to the latest in VR technology, catching a glimpse at what the future may hold for the world of gaming.

From Pong and Pacman to Sonic and Super Smash Bros, there is something to suit everyone, whether you’re a parent looking for child-friendly Easter holiday activities or a games aficionado who wants to revel in the classics. See the evolution of Super Mario Bros from Mario’s debut as a Donkey Kong villain to Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch, follow Lara Croft’s 22 year journey from the first PlayStation console to the latest generation PS4 and Xbox One, or get your nostalgia fix with the classic arcade games too good to update.

Evening adult-only sessions will run on Wednesday 10 and Wednesday 17 April, giving friends and competitive colleagues the perfect opportunity to battle it out on multiplayer favourites like DOOM, Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto.

Tickets are on sale now.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £10.00-£18.00
Senior: £9.00-£16.00
Concession (Student, unemployed or disabled): £8.00-£14.00
Child: £8.00-£14.00
Children aged 3 and under: Free
Family of 3: £20.00-£40.00
Family of 4: £28.00-£56.00
18+ evening session: £14.00

Website

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

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

feedback@nmsi.ac.uk

Telephone

Information and bookings

02079424000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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