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
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  • Science Museum, South Kensington, London
    Science Museum, South Kensington, London
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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 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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    Science Museum

    by Dabs Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    It took 12 trips to London before I made it to the Science Museum and only because my niece and nephew had it on their lists of must sees. Odd really that I had never thought of going because the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago was my favorite when I was a kid, mostly because it had all those buttons you could push and things to play with. Even though science wasn't my favorite subject in school, I would highly recommend this museum especially if you are visiting with kids.

    The Launch Pad, a wing filled with interactive activities, was the biggest hit with kids and those of us adults who haven't quite grown up yet. We also enjoyed the Making the Modern World display on the ground floor which showcased household items from the 1750s to present, we had a good laugh at some of the things in the displays that the kids didn't recognize-record players, rotary phones, those clunky first computers, typewriters (dang, I feel old!)

    Like most of the excellent museums in London, the Science Museum is free except for special features such as the IMAX.

    Science Museum at the Launch Pad Science Museum

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    A wet Bank Holiday visit to the Science Museum

    by gordonilla Updated May 26, 2008

    This was my second visit to the Science Museum, and I have to say that it did not get any better the second time! It was again a wet day, lots of families with push chairs and then the parents were carrying the children. The cafes were full, and long queues existed and the flow of visiotrs was poor due to the Museum creating queues in places which caused bottle necks for other visitors.

    There was a wealth odf things to see - however a visit when it was less busy would be good and a better option. By the way it is free, they request a donation from each visitor. Special exhibitions levy an admission charge.

    Interior 1 The Rocket Interior 2

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    by GibJoe Written Apr 10, 2008

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    The impression that this museum gave me was that it was geared towards children and not adults. It is interesting but personally I prefer other museums in London. But anyway its next to the Natural History Musuem so its worth visiting both at the same time. Entrance is free.

    How do I fit my long legs in this
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    Science Museum in London

    by toniri4 Updated Feb 7, 2008

    The Science Museum in London is a great museum - it has a lot of wonderful things to see and play with. It is done with a lot of creativity, it is very attractive. People can try a lot of different things in that museum-for example a cosmonaut's gloves.
    The museum is big and it takes some good hours to visit it but it is worth every single item in that museum.
    We enjoyed it enormously.

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    for science lovers!

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    Huge! 6 stories full of all kinds of scientific exhibitions. My favorites were Exploring Space, Energy Hall, Mathematics and Computing.

    I also had the opportunity of visiting the temporary exhibition "The Science of Spying" (available until the 2th of Sept 2007). You start your journey by getting a trainee spy card and doing interactive games at the Spymaker Training Base and Technology Center to see if you have what it takes to be a spy and take on the main mission: to hinder Osteck from releasing a virus. The exhibition was packed with kids having fun, just too bad we had to evacuate the premises and we couldn't finish the mission :( (and we still don't know what happened).

    At the Energy exhibition you'll find some computers where you can submit your answers to questions on energy related matters. The best answers are "published" in a gigantic Wheel of Messages (my own name).

    The small visitors will have the chance to expand their creativity at Build it with Bob Live (available until the 7th of Sept 2007), besides the exhibition mentioned above.

    Visit the shop on the ground floor. There's a "I used to be a ... and now I've been recycled" place. I saw a wallet that said "I used to be a tyre". Fun!

    Be sure to have comfortable shoes and lots of time. This is a place you can't visit if you're in a hurry!

    From A molecule of DNA From Wheel of messages
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    The Science Museum

    by Papillon82 Updated Jul 11, 2007

    One of my favourite museums in the UK. Be warned this museum is huge, so allow at least a day to visit. When you get there plan which areas you want to visit as it is unlikely you will have time to see it all, and if you are in a group you will probably want to split up to see the areas that interest you.
    Possibly visit the website beforehand so you can plan your visit there.

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    Museum

    by Ivona_kan Written Jun 9, 2007

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    This is the best museum I've ever seen....here you can see everything you can/can't imagine...from cars...drugs...space...old telephones...you name it...
    If you ever decide to go there you have to take few days to see the whole museum...
    Oh yeah...and go to the 3D imax cinema....

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    Science Museum

    by Sandracula Written May 27, 2007

    Whoever says that museums are boring should go and visit the Science Museum in London and hold his breath forever. One can spend several days in this magnificent and interesting place. Some of my personal highlights : the science and art of medicine (floor 5), glimpses of medical history (floor 4), health matters, photography and cinematography, flight (floor 3), computing : a history of digitopolis (floor 2), who am I ? (floor 1) and the contemporary exhibitions. But there is so much more : an imax cinema, some hands-on galleries and galleries about shipping, space, optics, weather, telecommunications, etc etc. You need not be a rich Einstein to enjoy this museum : it is free (except for the cinema, simulators and special exhibitions) and all of the information is well explained and illustrated.

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    Science Museum

    by smirnofforiginal Written May 8, 2007

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    This museum has been dragged right up to date and there is so much hands on etc... for kids. Possibly this is how to make science fun and certainly all the children I've seen there, including my own thought so! I couldn't drag mine out of the rather large "hands on" area where they can do experiments on mass, light etc...

    Of course, you don't have to be a child to enjoy this museum :)

    There is too much to talk about - from transport to telecommunications, weather to oceanography. The best thing to do is to go online to the museums website which will allow you to see most of what is on display and will also give you the run down of current "special" exhibitions etc...

    Free entry but there are charges for the I-Max cinema, simulators and some exhibitions.
    Open daily 10am - 6pm.

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    England's Gift

    by JamalMorelli Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Say what you want about the Island Mentality - England's gift to the world is that they will not be the country to abandon science. This museum is a wonder and could easily take a week to get through. Thank you, London.

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    Science Museum

    by ginte Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    The Science Museum has really great collections of science, technology, industry and medicine. You can learn about many interesting things inside. As for the young scientist like me it was really interesting to spend some hours there:)

    Admission is FREE.

    Inside the museum
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    Astonishing, the history of science

    by christos_z Written Apr 25, 2006

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    Wheither you are a computer freak, an amateur engineer, a photographer, a musician or just impressed of the discoveries, this museum is for you.

    I propose a combined visit to National history and science museum to everyone (Besides those are next to each other).

    I preferably would spend a whole day to each of the two.

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    Science Museum

    by Sjalen Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    What's it like to be colour blind? You can test yourself not just on this but on lots of similar "medicine" stuff here. There are also permanent exhibitions on the weather, time, oceans, engineering, space and much more, not to mention several temporary exhibitions that prove popuarl. Entrance is free which is another bonus.

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    Museum or theme park ?

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    The science museum gives free entry - and is a very fine museum.

    The interactive children's area is an absolute must for those with children.

    I can vividly remember a table thing they used to have with a ball in the middle. The idea was to try and touch the ball before it disappeared beneath the table. At age 6 it fascinated me - but some 30 years on I think its pulling power is beginning to wane.

    In fact these days you need to think of the place as a a kind of educational theme park. If you are on holiday then a thirty-five pound explorer ticket will not break the bank. For that you get 2 adults and 2 kids into the IMAX cinema, two motion simulator 'experiences' and guidebook.

    A theme-park day-out in England would be somewhat pricier.

    Kensington, we have a problem
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