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Science Museum

Science Museum
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  • Aizen K.
    "Size, interactivity, exhibition... Just great for kids and adults."(24 Tips)
    Boris 🆕⚛ v.
    "My favorite museum in London, prepare to have your mind blown."(8 Tips)
    Angus H.
    "Launchpad shows are great for the kids!"(8 Tips)
    James F.
    "You must visit The Listening Post!"(8 Tips)
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  • Cenk G.
    The "Cosmonauts" exhibition was the main reason we visited the museum and it was remarkable. The permanent sections are joyful as well. Lots of planes to see. Especially kids would love this museum...
  • David
    DavidJune 28, 2015
    There are plenty of things to learn at Science museum; does not matter how old you are. Very comprehensive exhibitions. Free WiFi. I loved the communication part with first Cray super calculator.
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsDecember 18, 2015
    The Cosmonauts exhibition (until 13 March 2016) has some amazing exhibits. Make sure to get the audio guide, voiced by Helen Sharman who was the first woman to visit the Mir space station.
    Upvoted May 28
  • Catherine T.
    this was my favorite museum as a child and still is. usually, there's some type of interactive exhibit where you can play and build things. really good for children but still, suitable for all ages.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FitzgeraldFebruary 13, 2015
    Amazing place to go check out, possibly too big, but even so they give you plenty of seats to sit on! Would take best part of half a day or even an entire day to check out all the stuff they have here
  • Z P.
    Z PFebruary 11, 2015
    The 'space tour' at 2pm (not sure if it's on every day is free and the volunteer tourguide (Joe) was very friendly & informative. He even extended the tour from 30mins to almost an hour. Nice man. :)
  • H R.
    H RSeptember 25, 2014
    Free admission to a big museum full of many exhibits & interactive elements. Go to the "Lates" evening that runs monthly on the last Wednesday for adults. Starts at 18:45
  • Julia A.
    Julia AbreuJanuary 27
    Full of great expositions and activities, making for a very fun visit; Special praise to the Secret Life of the House exhibition, showing household appliances throughout the century - a personal fave!
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 14, 2014
    The exhibits are interesting, up to a point. If you need a break from the barrage of stimuli, head to the cafe. It offers a welcome respite for an overwhelmed brain and uniquely ambient tabletops.
  • National Maritime M.
    The Docks and Diving gallery on the 2nd floor features a 1:2500 scale model of the 1960s Port of London previously displayed in the foyer of the Port of London Authority’s HQ. Find your maritime story Read more
  • Paul B.
    Paul BoagApril 13, 2013
    Don't want to buy your kids stuff in the museums amazing gift shop only to drag it around London? Buy it online and have it waiting when you get home. The museums online store is great.
  • Francesco B.
    Francesco BaschieriJanuary 3, 2014
    Really ccol museum with lots of interactive areas! I was there on 1.1 and while at the neighbour museum (natural history) there was >1h queue, we entered immediately in the science museum
  • A O.
    A OMarch 21, 2014
    Extremely boring museum. Only the ground floor is cool, the rest is extra paid or just stuff to read. It's a pity that this is “the big science museum in London“. You need about an hour for all floors
  • Otel.com
    Otel.comOctober 11, 2011
    This world-famous museum has more than 300,000 items. Make sure to see the first jet engine, reconstruction model of the DNA, and Stephenson's Rocket. Free, except for some temporary exhibitions.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MilneAugust 2, 2011
    Lates (last Wednesday each month) have a fun atmosphere - a chance for grown-ups to interact with science as kids do. The museum also seems to use the SCVNGR app sometimes, which can supply fun 'tasks
  • Augustus Collection
    Augustus CollectionFebruary 23, 2014
    Amazed by science? Then visit the breath-taking Science Museum. Experience every corner of science in this wondrous place, complete with an IMAX cinema! Read more
  • Ilya M.
    Ilya MikhaltsouJuly 4, 2013
    If you are keen on sone real science, better go through all the old exhibition first, in the main hall and upwards. Still, there are some 'new format' exhibitions, quite childish, they are separated.
  • Kat P.
    Kat PondAugust 28, 2011
    Free entry so worth a visit but much has not been kept up to date. Lots of broken exhibits and stuff that doesnt work shame. Basement great for kids age 2 to 6. Food is pricey but there are benches
  • Purple Frog
    Purple FrogJune 15, 2011
    Visit the Atmosphere Gallery on the 2nd floor – lots of immersive, interactive displays. On the last Wednesday of every month there's fun and free adults-only evening entertainment too. Read more
  • Iman F.
    Iman FaisalAugust 28, 2015
    Always loved it here but it gets a little tedious for an adult. Nonetheless it's definitely worth a visit- the ground floor space room is really cool and their shop is nice.
  • YOUhome
    YOUhomeFebruary 25, 2015
    The Science Museum includes exhibitions covering all aspects of science and technology and is great fun for the kids, especially with special exhibitions out of School hours.
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.April 9
    Good museum for little and older ones. I love going there every time, the permanent exhibitions and temporary ones are always good. The shop is probably the best part :)
  • Fabio P.
    Fabio PetzFebruary 29, 2012
    As you arrive (or before), check the schedule for the IMAX Theatre in the back of the ground floor of the museum, so you do not miss that movie you would love to see.
  • selin k.
    selin kahramanMarch 30, 2015
    3d Imax movies are worth seing, especially the mysteries of the unseen world. We spent a full sunday with a child and couldnt see all. Lots if fun activities for kids.
  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KerrSeptember 21, 2015
    I used to love this museum growing up. However, now it feels all the interesting absorbing installations are being replaced by touch screen games and interactive screens. It's a shame.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    Only marginally less popular with kids than its natural historical neighbour, the Science Museum is a celebration of the wonders of technology in the service of our daily lives. Read more
  • Haku
    HakuApril 3, 2015
    Great museum! Too crowded during weekends, tho it looks great for families with children. Lots of cool interactive stuffs, but be sure to bring your hand sanitizer. :D
  • Lolla M.
    Lolla MoonMay 30, 2013
    Quite poor. Not so much a museum but a confusing display of random stuff of not much interest. Entrance free, but Plenty money grabbing opportunities inside. Most floors are just games. Boring.
  • Clementina
    ClementinaMarch 9, 2015
    Amazing! Their display of aircrafts and engines are breathtaking. Also communications, maths and computing. Avoid it on early weekdays, annoying shouting and running school kids everywhere
  • Jason H.
    Jason HirstAugust 28, 2014
    Great fun, especially the 'Lates' which are held on the last Wednesday of every month. Really good prices too, loads of fun
  • Vicclesticks
    VicclesticksAugust 29, 2011
    Food is a teenie bit pricey here but there is a great picnic area on level 3 near the launchpad. Tends to clear out by 2pm for those who can hang on for a late lunch.
  • Marlyn Guzman
    Marlyn GuzmanOctober 21, 2010
    is huge, covering five floors, so don't expect to see it all in one day! Each floor looks at a different aspect of technology and science using displays and interactive inf
  • Ben M.
    Ben McKenzieSeptember 23, 2011
    When you're ready for a break, the shakes at the level five cafe are amazing - choose an ice cream flavour then add cookies or berries or peanut butter. Amazing.
  • Thee Teck W.
    Thee Teck WangApril 1, 2011
    Give yourself adequate time to explore this giant of a museum, at least 2 hours. It's huge and packed with lovely knowledge for all ages including live size planes.
  • İlke G.
    İlke GüntanMarch 1, 2013
    A beautiful museum dedicated to science, it is like a sanctuary for me. Go and discover! Until June 2013, Web Lab Experiments will continue by Google. Don't escape this one!
  • Mag K.
    Mag KeFebruary 28, 2015
    Well...it's actually kind of boring. If you've been to any science museum in US you'll find nothing interesting here (accept maybe the retro cars and the Imax theater)
  • Hatice B.
    Hatice BenanFebruary 7, 2014
    Engineers and technology lovers should visit this museum. Best thing about it is the retro-exhibitions and the Earth section.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SmithMarch 23, 2010
    if you want hands-on fun, head straight up to the top floor for the interactive exhibitions. and definitely try the exhibit which catches your shadow. great fun.
  • Kyze
    KyzeMarch 17, 2015
    Some of the floors have really amazing things, while others are mostly interactive screens (some of them don't even work). Can be visited in under two hours.
  • Edelyn B.
    Edelyn BJune 29, 2015
    Interactive museum, even adults turn into kids again. Go to the top floor for Red Arrow flight simulator. Their "Lates" is very well run, fun, and full of free workshops!
  • John E.
    John EllisAugust 27, 2014
    Great place to come and view. Great food and service. Bring walking shoes and a drink as there is loads too see
  • Wilkes M.
    Wilkes McDermidApril 8, 2012
    If you don't like groups of loud kids go on a "Lates at the Science Museum". You can wander around with a beer AND save your eardrums from screaming toddlers.
  • Axel N.
    Axel NeefsDecember 31, 2012
    Start visiting Benugo for breakfast near the energy hall : egg sandwiches, cookies and pains au chocolat are just perfect !!!
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    Much of the collection was inherited from the Museum of Patents (est 1858) and includes early locomotives such as Stephenson’s Rocket and Puffing Billy, and the first jet engine.
  • Bhan L.
    Bhan LamApril 1, 2015
    Huge place. Lvl 5 is a bit confusing to get to. Ask a volunteer! Mummies, spaceships, rockets, planes and more!
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonNovember 12, 2011
    Black Arrow - Britain's only home-grown satellite launch vehicle. The fifth one built (never launched due to the program being cancelled) hangs from the ceiling, along with a spare Prospero satellite
  • Leonard H.
    Leonard HansonJuly 12, 2015
    Computing and technology gallery is great but beware, if you're over 40 having so many childhood memories on display is a museum can be unnerving!
  • Carol B.
    Carol BridgeAugust 22, 2012
    Gift shop - Great for small/cheap bits for kids to take home as a token of the visit but be careful of the more expensive items- often not worth the price.
  • Londonist
    LondonistJuly 1, 2010
    If you like retro-exhibitions, head up to the first floor communications gallery, whose labels clearly haven't been updated since the early 90s...possibly the 80s.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BoagApril 13, 2013
    Skip the queues for the natural history museum and come here instead. Far superior and much more fun for kids. Also checkout the V&A opposite.
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