Science Museum

Science Museum

Thanks to its convenient location a trip to the gorgeous Science Museum can result in an all-in-one-day visit to the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In other words, this might be not only a great day to learn a lot of new things, but one to have lots of fun as well! Believe us, there are no boring museums in London, guaranteed. Situated in South Kensington, the Science Museum is more than 150 years old and is popular and frequented as ever. Despite its strict-looking official name visiting it is always an amazing tour. It has a very common place foundation history, which is a transformation of an industrial production tools and applied arts exhibition to a display that later would feature food and construction supplies. Its first machinery exhibition showcased James Watt's and Matthew Boulton's steam engine.

The today's display of the museum comprises more than 300 thousand exhibits that reflect the history of science, technology and medicine starting from the 18th century. The major museum's galleries are dedicated to science, medicine, information and communication technologies and engineering.

Astronomy lovers will have a field day at the Exploring Space gallery that features a unique orrery of the Solar System, which is in fact the orrery because it was produced specially for the Earl of Orrery in the late 18th century and showed the path of the Earth and the Moon round the Sun.

Medical students will be certainly fascinated by a diorama with mannequins and tools depicting the very first operation with anesthesia conducted by Doctor William Morton on October 16, 1846.

Ask any child if he or she has ever seen a wooden computer mouse and they will most probably laugh at you. Yet, these wooden blocks with a button were the early prototype in use that is now on display at the museum. Visiting this museum is free, tickets should be purchased only for the IMAX 3D, simulators and for special exhibitions. The museum also has a cafe, a terrace, a shake bar and a store with thematic gifts for different age groups.

Address: Exhibition Road
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 am – 6 pm (entry till 5.15), during school holidays 10 am – 7 pm, the last Wednesday of the month 10 am – 6 pm, robotics exhibition Fri 10 am – 8 pm.
How to reach: South Kensington, Gloucester Road metro stations; buses 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, С1 to South Kensington metro station, 9, 10, 52, 452 to Royal Albert Hall.
Coordinates: 51.49781, -0.17452