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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    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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    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 Museum

    by Imbi Written Oct 18, 2002

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    One of the must see place in London is "The Science Museum" which has many interactive displays and demonstrations. Ranging over seven floors, you will find items representing every area of the sciences, space travel, computing, medicine, telecommunications, chemistry….. the list is endless! Once you are in ........you dont want to come out. It is a perfect place for young kids as well.

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

    Admission FREE

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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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    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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    by GibJoe Written Apr 10, 2008

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    How do I fit my long legs in this

    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.

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    Visit the Science Museum

    by Lozza_9 Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Carboard Chair

    This is a very interesting Museum especially for children. They have loads of things to keep the children happy.

    In the basement they have a special section for younger children, aged under 6 years old. They have the launch pad, The garden ( 3-6 years of age) which allows children to play with water and pullys, childen will get wet!!

    They also have a area called Things ( 7-11 years of age) . It has loads of unidentifiable objects. In this area there is loads to read.

    As this is free I only visited the first 2 floors and hope to return very soon

    To help you I have included the areas covered on every floor. This has been taken from the free guide

    Floor 5
    The Science and Art of Medicine ,Veterinary History

    Floor 4
    Glimpses of Medical History

    Floor 3
    Flight,Picnic area, Geophysics and Oceanography,Health Matters, Heat and Temperatures, In Future, Motionride Simulator, On Air, Optics, Photography and Cinematography, Science in the 18th century

    Floor 2
    Computing: A History off, Digitopolis, Docks and driving, Energy, Ingenious, Marine Engineering, Mathematics, Ships,.

    Floor 1
    Agriculture, Challenge of Materials, Surveying, Telecommunications,Weather, Who a I?.

    Ground Floor
    Antenna, Cafe, IMAX cinema, Making the modern world, Pattern Pod, Power, Space, talking points, The Theatre.

    Basement
    Launch Pad, The Garden, The secret life of the home, The terrace, Things

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    Going for an understanding of Science

    by jonkb Written Feb 18, 2004

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    The science museum is for me worth a whole day in London. There is to much to see in just a few hours.

    Take a map of the place at the entrance, and try to decide what to do first.
    The basement gives you the opportunity to be hands on, albeit for the youngest generation. The ground floor houses items from the industrial revolution and the space exibitions.
    First floor: Material science and telecommunications Second floor: Chemistry and nuclear physics (my bit) and computers. Third floor: Old scientific instruments and health matters. Fourth and Fifth floors: Science and Art of Medicine

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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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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