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The Science Museum – is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The Science Museum is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London which is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Overview of Science Museum

• It is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry.
• The museum is a major London tourist attraction.
• The Science Museum does not levy an admission charge.
• Temporary exhibitions, however, do usually incur an admission fee.
• Established in 1857 (Separate status formalized 1909).
• Location in Exhibition Road, London SW7.
• Visitor figures: 2,793,930 (2009).
• Ranked 5th nationally.
• A museum was founded in 1857 under Bennet Woodcroft from the collection of the Royal Society of Arts.
• The surplus items from the Great Exhibition as part of the South Kensington Museum, together with what is now the Victoria and Albert Museum.
• It included a collection of machinery which became the Museum of Patents in 1858, and the Patent Office Museum in 1863.
• This collection contained many of the most famous exhibits.
• In 1883, the contents of the Patent Office Museum were transferred to the South Kensington Museum.
• In 1885, the Science Collections were renamed the Science Museum and in 1893.
• The Art Collections were renamed the Art Museum, which eventually became the Victoria and Albert Museum.
• On June 26, 1909 the Science Museum, as an independent entity, came into existence.
• The Science Museum’s present quarters, designed by Sir Richard Allison, were opened to the public in stages over the period 1919–28.
• This building was known as the East Block, construction of which began in 1913.
• It was temporarily halted by World War I.

Collections at Science Museum

• The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items
These include items like:
• Stephenson’s Rocket.
• Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive).
• The first jet engine.
• A reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA.
• Some of the earliest remaining steam engines.
• A working example of Charles Babbage’s Difference engine (and the latter, preserved half brain).
• The first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now.
• Documentation of the first typewriter.
• It also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits.
• A recent addition is the IMAX 3D Cinema showing science and nature documentaries, most of them in 3-D.
• The Wellcome Wing which focuses on digital technology.
• Entrance has been free since 1 December 2001.
• The museum houses some of the many objects collected by Henry Wellcome around a medical theme.
• The fourth floor exhibit is called “Glimpses of Medical History”.
• It has reconstructions and dioramas of the history of practiced medicine.
• The fifth floor gallery is called “Science and the Art of Medicine”.
• It has exhibits of medical instruments and practices from ancient days and from many countries.
• The collection is strong in clinical medicine, biosciences and public health.
• The museum is a member of the London Museums of Health & Medicine.
• The Science Museum has a dedicated library.
• It holds runs of periodicals, early books and manuscripts, and is used by scholars worldwide.
• It has for a number of years been run in conjunction with the Library of Imperial College.
• In 2007 the Library was divided over two sites.
• The rest of the collection which includes original scientific works and archives are now located in Wroughton, Wiltshire.
• In November 2003, the Science Museum opened the Dana Centre.
• The centre is an urban bar and café annexed to the museum.
• It was designed by MJP Architects.
• The Science Museum also organises “Science Night”, “all night extravaganza with a scientific twist”.
• Up to 380 children aged between 8 and 11, accompanied by adults, are invited to spend an evening performing fun “science based” activities.
• Then spend the night sleeping in the museum galleries amongst the exhibits.
• In the morning, they’re woken to breakfast and more science, watching an IMAX film before the end of the event.

Galleries in Science Museum

• Power: The East Hall
• Making the Modern World
• Apollo 10 Command Module in the Modern World Gallery
• Flight
• Launch pad
• Touring exhibitions
• Atmosphere gallery
• Agriculture
• Antenna
• Challenge of Materials
• Computing
• Energy Hall
• Glimpses of Medical History
• Health Matters
• Mathematics
• Psychology: Mind Your Head
• The Science and Art of Medicine
• Science in the 18th Century
• The Secret Life of the Home
• Exploring Space
• Telecommunications
• Measuring Time
• Veterinary History
• James Watt and our World

Opening hours of Science Museum

• Open from 10.00 – 18.00 every day except 24 to 26 December.
• Last entry 17.15.
• We are now opening until 19.00 (last entry 18.15) during the school holidays.

Prices of Science Museum

• Entry is free; but charges apply for the IMAX cinema, flight simulators and some special exhibitions.
• Buy tickets online or call 0870 870 4868 (booking fee applies). Tickets are also available at any sales desk inside the Museum.
• Explorer ticket includes an IMAX film, Legend of Apollo, Red Arrows 3D, guidebook and a donation to the Museum. Choose your IMAX film on the booking form, then select an ‘e-explore’ ticket.
Adult £20.00
Child/concession £17.50
IMAX Cinema
• Adult – £10.00
• Child/concession – £8.00
• Family (1 adult, 2 children) – £20.00
• Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £27.00
• Family (2 adults, 1 child) – £21.00
Members FREE

Legend of Apollo 4D Cinema
• Adult – £5.00
• Child/concession – £4.00
• Family (1 adult, 2 children) – £12.00
• Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £16.00
• Family (2 adults, 1 child) – £13.00
Members FREE

Red Arrows 3D
• Adult – £6.00
• Child/concession – £5.00
• Family (1 adult, 2 children) – £13.00
• Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £18.00
• Family (2 adults, 1 child) – £15.00
Members FREE

Fly 360°
• Per capsule (can hold 2 people) – £12.00
• Members – £9.60

Fly kids
• Kids – £2.00
Birthday Parties
• Co-ordinator Fee – £50.00
• Child Big Screen Birthday – £12.00
Museum Guidebooks
• Science Museum Guide – £5.00
• Kids Explorer Book – £5.00
• Coats, jackets, other clothing, umbrellas, folded prams/buggies, scooters (per item) – £1.00
• Small bags (per item) – £2.00
• Suitcases, unfolded prams/buggies (per item) – £4.00

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London
• The attractions are mostly open all year round
• July and August are the height of summer
• These would also be the most expensive months
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In peak summers, there is light till 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Science Museum?

1. By Underground
• The nearest tube station (10 minutes walk) is South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
• A pedestrian subway runs directly from the ticket barrier at South Kensington station to the Main Entrance of the Museum.
• Gloucester Road tube station is a 15 minute walk away and is based on the Circle, District and Piccadilly line.

2. By Bus
• Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station.
• From here it is a five minute walk north to the Museum’s Main Entrance.
• Buses from South Kensington – Transport for London map (PDF).
• Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore.
• From here it is a five minute walk south to the Museum’s Main Entrance.

3. By Car
• Museum does not offer any car parking and local parking is extremely limited.
• For the nearest public car park please see the NCP website for details.
• There are also parking meters on Exhibition Road itself please see the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s website for more details.
• A small number of disabled parking spaces are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road.

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Blogs / Sites about Science Mueseum London

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