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Science Museum Museum
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. See Science Museum and all London has to offer by arranging your trip with our London trip generator.
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  • Enjoyable place to wander round for a few hours or so. Would prefer more interactive exhibits for teens and above, as lots seemed to be geared towards young children. Had a really interesting conversa...  more »
  • Last Friday, I visited the new Maths Gallery at the Science Museum, The Winton Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid. The design itself is worth seeing, the roof being unusual. I enjoyed the visit very much....  more »
  • We had a couple of hours and really enjoyed all the models, space and real aircraft as well as interactive displays. Interesting steam exhibition on Watt. Fun flight simulator £12 for 4 mins. Still wo...  more »
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  • Great place to take kids on a FREE wander around. Plenty to keep people interested on all manner of subjects. One thing I didn't like is although the majority of the place is free, there are certain areas that are PAY only which I think goes against the spirit of the learning aspect of the place. Wouldn't be so bad, but the areas you were required to pay for (if you chose to visit them) were not cheap, especially in light of the fact its very much a family orientated place, a family of 4+, and you're looking at quite an expense. However, great place, but be warned, it will NOT take you an entire day to visit the site, figure on 2-3 hours and you're done, so probably wise to visit the Natural History Museum on the same day.
  • What an amazing place. A must visit if you go to London. The subway is near by. The museum itself it's free but to enter you have to pass a barrier where they ask for a donation. The temporary expositions are paid as so are some show inside the museum. To fully view it please consider a full day. It's four floors each with a specific topic.
  • Lots of things to see and do. Very inspiring place with exhibitions of both the past and future. This engineer spent a good 3 hours there. Be sure to check on the map if you've seen everything because the building lay-out is somewhat confusing. Didn't go to see any of the extra exhibits/shows as I found them a bit too pricey for my interests but I can imagine they're good fun for many.
  • Massive museum with more than a days worth to see. Great young children area with colourful sensory interactive exhibits which my 5 month old enjoyed. Cloakroom, wet play area, great feeding area and lifts everywhere! Really great for families especially young families. Exhibits are interesting and well made.
  • An interesting museum seemingly tucked behind the natural history museum. It has a lot more interactive exhibits than the other museums in the area and the plane exhibit is really cool. There is also a pretty neat flight simulator, it costs money but definitely worth checking out. I do wish however the space section was a little more fleshed out. Note this museum has more paid exhibits than the others that can be fairly expensive. I did not see inside them so I am unable to comment on whether they are worth the price