Science Museum

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Science Museum map location

Science Museum address and telephone

Science Museum is located at: Exhibition Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 2DD
You can contact Science Museum on Work +44 (0) 870 870 4868
The Science Museum website can be visited at

Science Museum opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Science Museum is open to the public from: During school term: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun) – During school holidays: 10 AM to 7 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 45 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Science Museum
Time required:
A typical visit to Science Museum lasts 2½-3 hours, plus another hour if you watch an IMAX movie (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for Science Museum is: Adults free entry

How to get to Science Museum

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The Science Museum covers all kinds of science – from the dawn of time to modern day marvels, with working exhibits and push-button displays.

Energy Hall, and Flight Gallery

The Energy Hall on the ground floor concentrates on the machines that kick-started the Industrial Revolution – like the Puffing Billy and Robert Stevenson’s Rocket.

On the first floor you can see early examples of telecommunications like William Cooke’s five-needle telegraph, and Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine – the world’s first automatic computer.

A fun section in the basement deals with the everyday objects that we always take for granted, like washing machines and kettles. It also plays host to a series of inventions that failed to make the grade – and invites you to guess their intention. (Not always easy!)

Exhibits at the Science Museum

The Flight Gallery on the third floor is a must for aviation fans. Every spare space is taken up with airplanes and helicopters suspended from the ceiling – from the earliest flying machines to modern-day rockets.

Two of the highlights are John Alcock’s Vickers Vimy – the first aircraft to fly non-stop across the Atlantic – and Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth.

There is also a flight simulator for the kids, and a life-size mock-up of the Apollo 10 Command Module.

The three floors of the Wellcome Wing deal with cutting-edge technology, nuclear physics, and the latest advances in medicine. You can also follow along with stories in the scientific press, and see Francis Crick’s model of DNA.

IMAX cinema

The Science Museum also has an IMAX cinema. This 3D screen is as big as five double-decker buses and takes you into farthest space and the deepest reaches of the ocean.

  •  Guest – “Would like to know, based on your experience, if kids can still "press those buttons" and conduct hands-on activities as was the case many years ago. I surmise in the technologically developed times children are lining in today, such a museum is compelled to offer 3d movies and other modern day venues to keep up with the "tates".”
  •  Guest – “I remember going when I was at school and everyone running around and pressing the buttons to see what they do. I went back a few years ago and they all seemed to be still there. Not quite as much fun as I remember though (but maybe that's because I’m over 40 now!) . The best place I’ve been to with buttons to press that I good for people in my age bracket is the cabinet war rooms. If you go into the churchill museum bit, then you can bring loads of stuff up on maps, like the front lines and were the troops were, and other stuff like pictures and his quotes.”

> Events at Science Museum

   to Science Museum South KensingtonThe Science Museum's 'Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care' exhibition will look at medicine during the Battle of the Somme.

   to Science Museum South KensingtonThe Science Museum will be exploring the last 500 years of robots, with over 100 robots on display, plus 12 working models.

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