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 ginte Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    Inside the museum

    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.

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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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    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!

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    Museum or theme park ?

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    Kensington, we have a problem

    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.

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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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    The Science Museum

    by purplekedi Written Aug 8, 2005

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    colorful science museum

    Exploring everything can take all day here. Among the interesting exhibitons, you can see -for science fiction lovers- coming to life the famous Douglas Adams' Hitchiler's Guide to the Galaxy series. Or, you can take a 3D safari through wildlife. There is also an IMAX cinema in the museum.

    The entrance to the museum is free like most London museums. They do charge for the speacial exhibitons though.

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    Science Museum

    by DUNK67 Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    The Science Museum is a really interesting place with a lot of hands on exhibitions where you can try out all kinds of things. It is a great place to learn about things as well, like how light bulbs and telephones work and lots more.

    When I was last there they had Chris Boardmans record breaking Bicycle on show.

    Opening Times
    Open seven days a week, from 10.00 to 18.00.
    The Museum is closed from 24 to 26 December.

    General Admission is free but some exhibits carry charges.

    Science of Sport Exhibition
    (now open) Price
    Adult £6.95
    Concession £6.95

    Combination tickets
    Price
    Science of Sport & IMAX - adult £12.00
    Science of Sport & IMAX - concession £11.00

    IMAX® Price
    adult £7.50
    concession £6.00

    SimEx Simulator Ride Price
    adult £3.75
    concession £2.75

    Motionride Simulator Price
    adult £2.50
    concession £1.50

    Museum Guidebooks Price
    Science Museum Guide
    (available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish) £2.95
    Science Museum Family Guide £2.95

    Soundbytes Price
    £3.50

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    Puffing Billy at the Science Museum

    by easyoar Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Puffing Billy

    Puffing Billy is the Oldest Steam locomotive in the world, and it doees indeed look very old! It probably isn't the most famous steam locomotive, that is probably Robert Stephenson's Rocket. However don't fret, Stephenson's Rocket stands right alongside Puffing Billy in the Science Museum! The Rocket was famous because it won a competition in 1829 for the best steam locomotive. However change was happening quickly back then, and 10 years later, the Rocket had been scraped as it had become obselete! (it was then salvaged and saved).

    Whilst your there, check out all the old cars in the same hall such as a Henry Ford Model T and more modern classics such as the Volkswagen Beetle!

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    The Science Museum

    by easyoar Written Apr 30, 2005

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    The Science Museum

    The Science Museum is a great place for older kids and much older kids (by that I mean adults too!)

    It has loads of different things ranging from old cars, old trains, space rockets, aeroplanes, computing bits and bobs and all sorts of technology items.

    You can spend hours and hours in there, and there are quite a few interactive exhibits to play with. It's free for basic entry (although a conribution is hoped for) but there are premium things in there which you have to pay for. As with a lot of London's museums, the underground is South Kensington. Once you get off the train, you will walk through a long tunnel with several exits pointing you were to turn out for which museum.

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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.

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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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    Science Museum

    by Sharon Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    The Science Museum

    Another very interesting and great museum. you can easily spend there a whole day without noticing. i must admit that i still miss one floor that i didnt have time to explore and never got back there...
    However its a very interesting museum and a real awesome one like many other british museums !
    If you're traveling with kids its a great place for them !

    Admission is Free !
    The Science Museum is open 7 days a week, from 10.00 to 18.00.
    The Museum is closed from 24 December to the 26 December.

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    Visit the Science Museum!

    by J.I.M Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    Science Museum

    The Science Museum is another large museum along Exhibition Road and holds over 300,000 items, including items as Stephenson's Rocket, Francis Crick's model of DNA, some of the world's first steam engines, and many others! It also has many interactive exhibits.

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    The Science Museum

    by Emmjai Updated Apr 15, 2005

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    The Rocket

    A fascinating place to spend many many hours, and generally free (except for entrance to special exhibitions). I would recommend the orientation tours which take about 45 minutes, but introduces you both to the museum and its history and to the collection. That way you can work out what to visit on your own.

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    SCIENCE MUSEUM

    by Maggies Written Feb 25, 2003

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    It's one of my favourite museums because it's very interactive, you can try and touch almost everything here. The expositions include subjects like: Oceanography, The Science and Art of Medicine, Challenge of Materials, The Exploration of Space, Flights... and much, much more.

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