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.
Visitors looking through a microscope at an activity at Science Museum Lates

The Measure of All Things Lates

  • 29 May 2019 6:45-10pm

On Wednesday 29 May the Science Museum will be marking the redefinition of the Kilogram with a special Lates in partnership with the National Physics Laboratory (NPL). The redefinition of the Kilogram goes into effect on 20 May, World Metrology Day and sees us move away from using a physical object as a point of reference for scientific measurement, to make units of measurement more robust for use in today’s world.

The Measure of All Things Lates explores the role of measurement in trade, travel and time and the importance of a universal measuring system.

Discover the work of horologists over the ages in The Clockmakers’ Museum, learn about how to tune an atomic clock and find out what the redefinition of the Kilogram means for physicists.

Listen to comedy group Large Stand-Up Collider explore the humorous side of the Kilogram, meet metrologists and discover the story of the kibble balance and find out how new technology is changing the way we measure our world.

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

Tickets are free but need to be purchased in advance.

Website

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

A group of Astronauts explore a planet in a still image from the film 'Interstellar'

Interstellar IMAX 15/70mm 2D + Special guests

  • 29 May 2019 7-10pm

To celebrate the historic images of black hole M87, the Science Museum is hosting a special screening of Christopher Nolan’s epic sci-fi blockbuster.

Experience the film in glorious IMAX 15/70mm format, introduced by Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Paul Franklin and Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team member Professor Sera Markoff.

Nominated for four BAFTAs and five Academy Awards, Interstellar is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and visually stunning science fiction blockbusters of its time. With the guiding hand of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne and led by Paul Franklin, the film's VFX team succeeded in creating what is considered the most realistic depiction of a black hole ever seen on screen.

Along with Franklin we’ll be joined live via video link by Sera Markoff, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam. Sera is a member of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, which recently gave us our first ever image of a black hole 500 million trillion kilometres away, and also sits on the EHT Science Council.

Together with Markoff and Franklin, we will reflect on the momentous achievement of the Event Horizon Telescope ahead of a screening of Interstellar in its stunning IMAX film format.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets range from £7.00 - £14.00.

Website

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/interstellar-imax-1570mm-2d-special-guests

Close-up shot of the Citroen DS19 an early self-driving car from the 1960's.

Driverless: Who is in control?

  • 12 June 2019 — 1 October 2020

For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening on 12 June 2019 at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.

Visitors will have the chance to explore three distinctive zones in the exhibition, Land, Air and Water. Each section will explore the different technology solutions already operating in these environments, the motivations of their developers, and their potential to transform a range of activities and industries.

From self-driving cars to autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range fleet which includes ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the exhibition will explore how much of this seemingly futuristic technology already exists and extends far beyond the cars we’re familiar with, how much control we’re willing to transfer to them and how their wider deployment could shape our habits, behaviour and society.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

This free temporary exhibition is in the Tomorrows' World Gallery, Level 0 of the Science Museum.

Website

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/driverless-who-is-in-control

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
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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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