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Science Museum

Exhibition Road
South Kensington
Greater London

Situated in Exhibition Road, South Kensington, the Science Museum contains all the wonders of our industrial and technological age. You can see exhibits of early scientific experiments, and many industrial and transport-related exhibits from a full-size replica of Stephenson's Rocket to a detailed reconstruction of the Apollo landing craft.

The Science Museum includes 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!

The ground floor is devoted to Power, Space and Transport. Starting with James Watt's steam engines first used in the 18th century.

On the mezzanine floor is The Synopsis Gallery, as the name suggests it shows a scaled-down history of science dating from the stone age up to 1914. Also on this floor is the Space exhibition showing the development of rockets from the 18th century.

An exciting gallery on the first floor is Challenge of Materials, where there are hands-on displays to be explored and enjoyed. Also on the first floor are Telecommunications, History of Gas, Agriculture, Time Measurement and Food For Thought.

The second floor encompasses Chemistry, Nuclear Physics, Computing, Printing and Ships.The third floor houses Early Scientific Instruments, and has a section on Health Matters. On this floor you can also enjoy the On Air section, set out as a recording studio. The other hands-on experience is Flight Lab, after which you enter the Flight exhibition with aircraft including a full-size model of the aircraft the Wright brothers flew to make their power-assisted flight in 1903.

On the third floor children will make for The Launch Pad; a specially designed play area where children can learn about science by interacting with it!

The fourth and fifth floors sponsored by Wellcome are devoted to Glimpses of Medical History and The Science and Art of Medicine gallery.

In the basement you will find a family picnic area, a hands-on experience for 3-6 year olds, called The Garden, and there is a more advanced section for 7-11 year olds. Here also is The Secret Life of the House.

One of the latest additions to the Science Museum is the Wellcome Wing, which shows the latest in modern science. There are interactive exhibitions featuring artificial intelligence, digital technology, genetics and brain science. This wing is also home to a state-of-the-art Imax 3D film theatre.

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Nearest underground station: South Kensington.
Buses: 9, 10, 14, 49, 52, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, C1

Science Museum Postcode for SatNav: SW7 2DD


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