Science Museum, London

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    Science Museum, South Kensington, London
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  • Science Museum, South Kensington, London
    Science Museum, South Kensington, London
    by spidermiss
  • Science Museum, South Kensington, London
    Science Museum, South Kensington, London
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    Science Museum

    by spidermiss Updated Nov 13, 2013
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    My last visit to the Science Museum was thirty years ago or so when I went as a child with my Mum and Dad. I vaguely remember the visit so I was glad of the opportunity when my Dad and I returned. We had an hour or so at the museum before going to Proms at the Royal Albert Hall nearby. The museum was founded in 1857 and has developed a worldwide reputation for its collections, galleries and exhibitions across several floors.

    I'm not a science fan but I do respect it for how it developed the world in the past, present and future. I studied a fair bit of science during my Humanities Degree. We chose what exhibitions which we wanted to see during our short visit. There are

    I particularly enjoyed the exhibition on James Watt, an engineer of steam and a big player during the Industrial Revolution. The exhibition reminded me some of some similar exhibits I saw at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery earlier on in the year. He and Matthew Boulton developed the infamous steam engine which became an instant success in the industrial world in the 18th Century. Watt was also part of the Birmingham Lunar Society who believed in reasoning and experimenting which were qualities of The Enlightenment. I also visited another exhibition about The Enlightenment and how influential science was then. In all it was an enjoyable visit to the Science Museum.

    The museum is free of charge although donations are welcomed. There is an additional charge for visiting the IMAX, Simulators and special exhibitions. There are a number of cafes/restaurants and picnic areas as well as a Science Museum Shop and cloakroom.

    The museum is part of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group.

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    Stunning Exhibitions

    by cleocat Written Sep 19, 2013
    Very old computer

    There is always something new at the Science Museum. At the moment there is a computer as large as a small house. One of the first.

    The gadget shop is a treasure with some crazy new concepts.

    Lots of fun for kids and adults

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    THE LONDON SCIENCE MUSEUM

    by Orkaena Written May 28, 2013

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    As the father of a "Tech Generation" teenager boy that I am, I thought to take my son to the science museum was a good idea, and I was right. This place is fantastic, old stem machines, ships, airplanes, flight simulators, the Apollo Capsule, satellites, cars, IMAX Cinema, Shopping, Restaurant, and much more are a good reason to fire up the imagination. Strongly recommended visit, doesn't matter if you have kids or not, because even for old "Rock N'Roll Generation" people it is an astonishing place. There is no entry ticket, it's free so you're not obliged to pay, but at the main entrance door there is a huge transparent acrylic box where you can deposit a donation, the amount? It's up to you. But this museum well deserves your generosity .

    Open every day except 24 to 26 December
    10.00 to 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

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    Not just for geeks

    by etfromnc Written Apr 18, 2013

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    You don’t have to be a geek to enjoy London’s Science Museum – but if you are, you might think that you are in heaven. Seven floors cover humanity’s scientific achievements from the 1829 Rocket train that started the railway revolution to a display on how astronauts go to the toilet in space. It’s a big and busy place so if time is short, or you just want to tick off the biggest wows in the collection, focus on the Making the Modern World gallery with its show-stealing selection of objects that have changed history over the last 250 years.

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    The Science Museum.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    The Science Museum is one of the 3 museums located next to one another, which I love visiting and I have already visited them several times.

    The Science Museum is so much fun to visit and so informative. On entering the museum there is the original Rocket locomotive (1829) and "the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day" in chronological sequence - to quote the website of the Science Museum.

    There a section on the space with the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket on display.

    One section is called the Codebreaker, how to decypher encryption, showing the history of Alan Turing´s legacy. And one of my favourite sections in the museum, how things started - i.e. how things we use in daily life were made and from what.

    There is a globe in the middle of one room (see my first photo) which gets lit up so that we can see the electrial consumption in the world and the weather in the world. Very informative.

    There is a Flight gallery on aviaton - where you see a plane hanging in the ceiling.

    At the museum one can learn so many new things about the human body - excellent information.

    I am leaving a lot of things out, as there are over 15.000 objects on display here, but it is a highly recommended visit.

    I would say that a visit to the Science Museum will take 3-4 hours.

    Opening hours: every day from 10:00-18:00 with last admission at 17:15.

    Admittance fee: free.

    Photos with flash are allowed.

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    ONE DAY AND YOU JUST SCRATCH THE SURFACE

    by davidjo Written Nov 24, 2012

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    The museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm and often has many different shows, programs each day. Admission is free but donations are strongly encouraged. The museum was founded in 1857 but did not have it's own building until 1909. There are over 300,000 exhibits but main attractions are Stephenson's 'Puffing Billy', the oldest surviving locomotive.(steam). There are 6 floors, each area having different themes.

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    My childhood favourite

    by toonsarah Written Sep 24, 2012

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    When I was much younger, as a child and in my early teens, this was my favourite of London’s museums. As a kid I loved the special children’s gallery, where you could press buttons, flick switches and conduct “experiments” galore! Later, in my teens, I got very interested in space travel and with a friend would visit every school holiday to see the exhibits about other planets, meteors and so on.

    In those days museum exhibits were largely static (with the exception of that wonderful children’s gallery) but it was what we were used to and accepted. Today the museum is full of hands-on displays and is a fun way of introducing children to science, or keeping those already interested occupied for hours! There are also regular special exhibitions. The main collection covers both pure and applied sciences, with galleries devoted to, among other things, flight, medicine and agriculture. Check out The Secret Life of the Home to find out about the inner workings and history of household gadgets; learn about psychology on Mind your Head; or see a piece of moon rock in Exploring Space, which remains one of the most interesting galleries for me. Have a look at the third-oldest clock in the world, the Wells Cathedral clock (1392) or Henry Babbage's analytical engine, the first fully-automatic calculating machine and predecessor of today’s computers.

    When you’ve had enough exploring, or need a break, there are two cafés and also, thoughtfully, a space where you can eat your own food. As with all the major London museums, entry is free, making this a great choice for families on a budget.

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    Listening Post: a monument to the present

    by picolopauolo Updated Oct 22, 2011
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    Listening Post is an digital artwork by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin. It is made up by more than twohundred ledlight displays. Which, supported by a ambient like soundtrack, show uncensored fragments taken from thousands of websites on the internet.

    The work beautifully shows the randomness of todays communication. Funny comments are followed by standard massages or darker material. Because the artwork works realtime, it will never be the same experience. I found it to be quite captivating and intreguing.

    For me it was a highlight of this allready very interesting, free accessible, museum. It is situated on the first floor.

    I've uploaded a short video of Listening Post, check it on my London travelpage. For more info on Listening Post, check: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/listening_post.aspx

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    Science museum

    by mirchica Written Jun 27, 2010

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    The Science museum takes 10-th place of the museum rating in the World with its 300000 exponents which are history of science, technologies and medicine in the last 300 years. It is on 6 floors and it will take more than a day to be seen everything. Also there are restaurants and shops and it’s perfect for a rainy day.

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    Science

    by lina112 Written Apr 26, 2010

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    This museum takes full advantage of England's industrial heritage, and many of the original machines that drove the companies into the new millennium are beautifully preserved within these walls. Computers and displays help visitors to navigate between the five floors of exhibits. Among the salient points include: Stephenson's rocket, a V2 rocket and the Apollo control panel 10. Rejected inventions are also exhibited at the time, but were precursors of further progress, as the counting machine of Charles Babbage. One of the newest additions to the museum is the Challenge of Materials, a permanent exhibition that examines the design, development, use and disposal of natural and man-made through interactive exhibits and activities. Finally, the Welcome Wing ample space with four floors dedicated to contemporary science, medicine and technology, multimedia samples and also with the use of an IMAX film.

    Este museo saca el máximo partido a la herencia industrial de Inglaterra, y muchas de las maquinas originales que impulsaron a las sociedades hacia el nuevo milenio están maravillosamente conservados entre estos muros. Ordenadores y pantallas ayudan al visitante a orientarse entre los cinco pisos de exposiciones. Entre los elementos más destacados figuran: el cohete de Stephenson, un misil V2 y el panel de control del Apolo 10. También se exponen inventos rechazados en su época, pero que fueron precursores del progreso posterior, como la máquina de contar de Charles Babbage. Una de las últimas adquisiciones del museo es el Challenge of Materials, una exposición permanente que estudia el diseño, la creación, el empleo y el desecho de productos naturales y confeccionados por el hombre por medio de exposiciones interactivos y de actividades. Finalmente, el Welcome Wing un amplio espacio de cuatro plantas dedicado a la ciencia contemporánea, la medicina y la tecnología, con muestras multimedia y también con el recurso de un cine IMAX.

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    Bring out your inner scientist

    by jhorsfield30 Written Dec 1, 2009

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    With over 5 levels, a restaurant and more than enough hands on for kids of all ages including the adults :> It is a astounding museum with each floor clearly labelled and split into sections, with mood lighting, new technologies, patents and historical advancements,
    When I visited, I didn't have alot of time, however, there was a visiting exhibit on Dan Dare(used to be a favorite comic in my childhood) and interestingly a tie in with technology of the future.
    A eye catching and engaging museum.

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    Wallace and Gromit: Their Inventions

    by christine.j Written Aug 27, 2009

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    The Science Museum in Kensington is a must for anyone interested in cars, trains, machines etc , but this summer until first November, 2009 they're also having a great exhibition for people like me who are happy to drive a car without having to know why it moves.

    Wallace and Gromit are showing some of their ingenious inventions, like a hat-barometer for example. This will show you the suitable hat for each kind of weather, so if it shows a hard hat, you know to expect some very heavy hail stones.

    The exhibition is lots of fun for adults and children, it's interactive and there's much you can do yourself, from throwing a ball to turn on the TV set to making your own Wallace or Gromit in modelling clay.

    There are also some invention which didn't quite make it - of these my favourite was the bowl made out of dog biscuits - which wouldn't last through the dog's first meal.

    The entrance to the museum is free, the exhibition is £ 9 or 10, if you book ahead. I had booked ahead and was very glad, as the queues were huge.

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    Science Museum

    by jo104 Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    The Science Museum is one of my favourite museums to visit fun for both adults and children alike. There are galleries which are object risk some of the bigger ones are Making the Modern World, Energy Hall and Explaining Risk. Then there is other Hands On galleries my favourite being Launchpad which encompasses 50 hands on exhibits, a heat camera watch out if you are a bit hot & sweaty! And much more. The other large hands on galleries are Energy – Fuelling the Future posing the question will your ideas change the future of the world, also the gallery Who am I.

    The museum is free entry although a fee is charged for changing special exhibits as well as the IMAX cinema which costs adults GBP8 and children GBP6.25.
    You can bring your own lunches into the museum and there is a picnic area situated on the first floor.

    Open everyday 10am – 6pm except 24-26 December. There is a café and a family restaurant offering a range of food to suit children and adults alike with some healthy options.
    Wheelchair accessible - check website if you need to utilise one of the museums during your visit

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    Learning Playground for kids and adults

    by jusdenise93 Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    My favorite museum of all time!
    Kids adore this place especially the space galleries, and all the hands on stuff, this is a place where many happy people become happy. The atmosphere here is great, not your typical "I want to snooze of somewhere" museum.

    Age doesn't matter here, this museum has something to offer you. There are several interactive exhibits. The museum is large and you can spend several hours on each of the floors.

    I especially loved the upper floors especially the history of medicine, they have some creepy and weird equipment that they use in the old days. You get to see surgeries too, (on display).. awesome stuff!

    Also the shop is awesome, it's time to get nerdy, you get to see some new technology there. I bought a booklight but my cousin broke it, I also bought a t-shirt, which sadly has a stain on it. :)

    And of course if you haven't tried an IMAX experience, well here's your chance. It's never forgettable experience.

    They have motion simulators, Simex which is pretty good, I went on the Spongebob Squarepants story, and I completely adored it. It's not too expensive (about £4 for adults) and if you search the web you can often get 2 for 1 deals.

    Some people complain that it doesn't have that much to offer for real science buffs, oh well. I still loved it!

    THE BEST MUSEUM IN LONDON, the whole family will enjoy this experience!

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    A museum for the young and young-at-heart

    by cheezecake_deli Written May 4, 2009

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    The main foyer with that circular thingy...

    The Science Museum is a great day out for kids - there's plenty to keep them occupied and it's all free (well, you have to pay for the IMAX 3D theatre only)! There are 19 galleries in all, dedicated to all things science from space exploration to human biology. There are frequent organised talks and tours, targeted at children of different ages. Plus, there is an excellent children's bookstore and a souvenir shop full of toys and gadgets.

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