One of the highlights that is a must for those visiting London is the Science Museum.
The attraction boasts varied galleries, exhibitions and collections that are bound to amaze adults and children alike.
Created in 1857, the museum was initially part of the South Kensington museum, but became a separate enterprise in 1909. Over the years it has developed into one of the most popular museums in the capital and attracts around 3.3 million visitors every year.
It also underwent a major update in 2000 as part of the new millennium celebrations and the Wellcome Wing was opened to create an additional research space.
With more than 300,000 items in the collection, there is bound to be something to appeal to everyone. Some of the most famous exhibits include the Stephenson’s Rocket, the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA and Charles Babbage’s Difference engine.
In addition, there is a whole section dedicated to the partnership between science and medicine, with a whole host of medical instruments on display to tell the development of modern medicine techniques.
In particular, the Science Museum really appeals to children and there are a number of special exhibitions aimed at those younger visitors, although many adults also learn a thing or two. These displays look at many aspects of science, including space travel and the development of flying machines, such as Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.
No visit to the Science Museum would be complete without a visit to the amazing gift shop. This special outlet sells everything related to science and technology, including experiment kits, gadgets and stargazing telescopes, as well as the usual gift shop items like bookmarks and badges.
The Science Museum also boasts its own on-site IMAX cinema that enables viewers to feel part of the action as they watch films on a variety of fascinating subjects that change regularly – check the website for what is being shown.
When is it open?
The museum is open every day from 10pm to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm) every day except 24th to 26th December. The museum closes at 7pm during school holidays, with last entry 6.15pm.
How much does it cost?
Entrance into the Science Museum is free of charge, although visitors are asked for a donation to help maintain the high standard of the attraction. There may also be additional charges for entry into certain special exhibitions and events.
How to get to the Science Museum
The nearest London underground station is South Kensington, which is on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. It is a five-minute walk away from the Science Museum. Visitors are able to take a pedestrian subway that runs directly to the entrance of the museum – perfect if it is raining.
What is nearby to the Science Museum?
The Science Museum is located in an area of London that is bursting with cultural attractions, meaning there are plenty of other exciting things to do when your visit is over.
Potential trips to the Science Museum can be combined with two other major London attractions: –
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7.
The Natural History Museum contains millions of specimens from the natural world, including dinosaur skeletons and a giant squid.
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7.
Founded in 1852, the V&A is home to over four million items spanning centuries and a huge range of different cultures.
If you prefer to explore outside, then why not take a walk around the South Kensington area. Every Tuesday, there is a local farmers’ market that takes place around Queens Lawn and Queens Tower on the South Kensington campus of Imperial College.
For those looking for something a little spookier, then why not join one of the regular Erie Walk tours that take place during the darker winter nights at Kensington Palace.
Focusing on the strange and wonderful world of Victorian spiritualism and the power of life after death, the tours are a great way to find out more about the region’s history.
Music fans are also not left out, with the nearby Royal College of Music, the perfect venue for a whole host of concerts and performances throughout the year. About ten minutes’ walk from South Kensington London Underground station, the college dates back to 1882 and has a great atmosphere. Be sure to check out their website to see what performances are planned during your stay in London.