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Science Museum, London

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Founded in 1857, Science Museum is one of the city’s major attractions, with nearly three million visitors each year. The museum holds an impressive collection of over 300,000 items, including the first jet engine, the oldest surviving steam locomotive, and the first prototype of the famous Clock of the Long Now, a mechanical clock designed to keep time for over 10,000 years. See hundreds of interactive exhibits, or visit the IMAX 3-D movie theater, which screens science and nature documentaries. Visit the Exploring Space gallery to see the story of human space exploration or time your trip for a "Science Night," a regular all-night special event allowing guests to spend the night inside the galleries, sleeping among the exhibits. Find out how to plan London trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • For a child 6+ is a very good place where to find/discover and experience very interesting and provocative science experiences!!!  more »
  • Great place to visit for a free day out but there are lots of exhibitions that you can try for a reasonable charge (tip if you travel by train then you can get two for one prices on all these). We tri...  more »
  • Spent a whole morning here and barely scratched the surface. What a place. It’s free to enter, and they ask for a donation, and I was so surprised that at least 2 families entering at the same time as...  more »
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  • Still a great museum...just a pity quite a bit of it was closed off this time...Funny how a lot of it is exactly the same as when I was a kid...40 years ago! Maybe a little change is needed ? I'd love to see more active exhibits...like the big beam engines moving maybe....All the money seems to be spent on interactive IT exhibits...you can find more interesting software online these days. Loved the clock section as a lot were wound and working- impressive and beautiful. Don't miss the Flight room...the planes through history are quite magnificent. And the space hall of course.
  • Wonderful place to send an afternoon. We are working our way through the museum section by section over several visits. The exhibits are so varied and fascinating we really take the time to appreciate them. If you run out of energy there's a cafe to top up though I've not personally eaten there. There is a water fountain to the right of the lifts near the toilets great for filling up your water bottle. My favourite exhibit is the Apollo 10 landing capsule on loan from the Smithsonian.
  • Amazing museum. There is so much to see. The place is very well planned out. A lot of very interesting and fascinating items from the past which has lead to our current society. There are so many detailed models of items and machine from the past. They do a great job of connecting tools and machines from the past with their current counter parts. They have the first floor set up as an overview of history of science and the tools used to analyze and assess the world to the modern day versions of the tools. You can see how the accuracy of the tools has increased and changed over the years. I definitely could have spent a couple more day in there to see everything in more detail.
  • For kids head straight to the 'wonder lab' on the top floor. It's not free. Wonder lab was £22 for a family ticket 2018. Lots of staff around to help explain how everything works. Museum hasn't changed much in last 5 yrs. Could do with moving things around to keep it interesting.
  • I've been here as kid myself and today I bought my kids here ! Oh what a joy! From steam engines and trains... to jet fighters... the human body and the atmosphere! And also not forgetting about the future.. so much to learn and interact with, for nearly all ages. Had a great time with a 12, 9 and 4 year old! Do try the red arrows 360 flight simulators! A queue, but worth waiting for!
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