Science Museum
Science Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum is must-see for families and adults as part of any trip to London. The museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions, beautiful galleries, hands-on workshops, science demonstrations and incredible stories of scientific achievement.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 7 min walk
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  • LilacGerber
    Dublin, Ireland126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibits to suit every age
    We visited the science museum with our 14 year old son and we were all really impressed. We spent 2 1/2 hours but could easily have spent another couple. There were plenty of different styled exhibits and this kept us engaged.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Educational!
    This area in South Kensington is referred to as Albertopolis. It is because after the Great Exhibition Prince Albert used the profits to buy a stretch of land here to build several educational and cultural permanent museums. This museum was established in 1909 much later than the others. As you enter this museum you get to appreciate and understand the modern wonders and breakthroughs of science. You get hands on experience in many of the interactive exhibits. There are more than 15,000 objects here including a replica of the Wright Brothers flyer, first steam engines and even space rockets. In addition to science it is also a museum which celebrates industry. You get to appreciate the elements of the Industrial Revolution here as you get to see the working models of Victorian Engineering which changed lives world-over. There are permanent galleries on power, space exploration, flight and medicine to name a few.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • frankg_2011
    Chino Hills, California129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for those interested in STEM subjects
    I've wanted to visit the Science Museum after a friend told me that it had an Enigma machine, the German encryption machine used during WWII. Upon arrival, this museum was more than that. The whole third floor was dedicated to aviation, mostly military, from lighter than air through the jet age. Most of the displays are WWI and WWII with the requisite Spitfire and Hurricane, and even a German Me163. There are also display of aero engines, including the Concorde's. Other floors had displays for medicine, telecommunication, computer age, transportation, timekeeping, and many others, that you can spend an entire day. There is also an area for kids to have hands-on play. Oh, and finally found the Enigma machine after searching. Smaller than I thought (size of a typewriter). Kensington Gardens, with Princess Diana's memorial fountain, and Royal Albert Hall are all within 10 minute walk.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • andrewr1610
    Dagenham, United Kingdom43 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could add up to a very expensive day out
    It might be free entry (with an optional donation) but most of the other exhibitions inside are extortionate prices. The Science Fiction one would have cost us, a family of 4, almost £60!! We enjoyed the Space and 'Who am I'? sections. All very interactive. The Covid exhibition was also interesting. We've now been to all the museums in area. Clear winner for us is the V&A.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Andy T
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    No change other than more commercialisation
    I've been visiting this museum for over 50 years. Whilst all is displayed well, little has changed, other than the commercialisation of the premises. The shop is bigger & sells more over priced items, the restaurant has been upgraded, and to enter, visitors must book. This is needless & nothing more than means of raising revenue from donations & data harvesting. Last year people could enter without booking. This year they couldn't. What's next? No entry without a donation. The museum appears to be moving away from being a publicly funded National asset open to all, without hindrance, to being a profit making operation. All with no visible improvement to what & how articles are displayed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • LoolooLondon
    Chislehurst, United Kingdom16 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Going downhill
    My grandson loves the science museum and particularly the Wonderlab so back we went. Was very disappointed however with the amount of lifts working with huge queues. Ended up walking up the stairs carrying a pushchair, like others, whilst apparently fit young people were piling in the lift. I actually heard a young mum complaining to a member of staff about this. Also, don’t bother with the Shake Bar. Ordered 2 ice creams and a coffee. It took 15 mins for the ice creams and then a further 20 minutes for the coffee! One last negative comment - the shop in the Wonderlab was closed? Still love the museum but it’s things like this that will stop me going again albeit I made the mistake of purchasing an annual pass.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • JW42
    Espoo, Finland68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not quite what I expected.
    The permanent sections are more of a technology museum than a science museum. Focusing on British technology. It was more a presentation of what than how. The retrogames section (extra entrance fee) was our favourite. Even my wife, who hates video games, found games she enjoyed. And for me it was a nostalgic trip back to the 80's and 90's. We spent several hours here. The retro games section was 5 stars for me. The rest 2 to 3 stars.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Debby B
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom47 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mostly for kids.
    The Science Fiction exhibition sounded good on paper, but, unless you are a teenage nerd, a lot of it was irrelevant / patronising / dull for us adults. The movie props were interesting and the spacecraft deck's view of the earth was stunning, but the "How is the human race doing?" stuff, backed up by a pretend alien on screens everywhere was lame. The shop was stupidly expensive and take a carrier bag with you, or you'll have to pay at least £3 for one. It was a long way to go for not very much.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Victoria E
    82 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as inspiring as I'd hoped
    Agree with other comments that more interactive activities for older kids would be good. A lot of looking at things, without being able to get hands on. Eg imagine being able to sit inside the space rockets, (even if it has to be a replica), or sitting inside an early aircraft. Or being able to do some simple experiments. More on climate change and the impact on the planet of the various scientific scenarios of warming would be very thought provoking too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Fiona W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderlab was wonderful
    We specifically paid to visit the Wonderlab gallery (additional charge) but worth the money. This was really good for both adults and children. There are lots of interactive scientific displays and regular demonstrations. We attended the rocket show which showed how rockets worked and there were some powerful explosions which kept my 8 year old entertained. He also very much enjoyed seeing the chemistry part too and the other areas demonstrating force, light etc. It was a great place for school trips.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
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Nomad22322993121
Birmingham, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing place to go with family,plenty things to do and as well very beautiful!highly recommend to all my friends 👏👏👏☺️☺️☺️☺️
Written 15 June 2024
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Adelle L
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It has been several decades since l last visited, and l have to say l was a little disappointed.

Several halls were very interesting and worth seeing. However, it seemed to me to have lost some of it's magic. I had hoped to see some room left for the old glass cabinets with buttons to press and handles to turn - showing how things work. A large area has been given to a modern child friendly interactive exhibits-great if you visit with young children.
Written 11 June 2024
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808 pizza
Hitchin, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The power up was amazing, so was the wonder lab and the actual museum.I loved the room with the plane and the structure of the wind
Written 7 June 2024
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giggle983
Northampton, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The wonderlab was fab i found it super interesting although it’s aimed more at the kids i loved it too. I love how it brings science to life for kids and explains scientific concepts in practical forms for them we could have spent hours just in here we barely scratched the surface of the museum its huge. Brilliant family day out.
Written 30 May 2024
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lilprincess00_uk
Farnham, UK117 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I haven’t been to the science museum since I was at school (20+) years ago and remember how much I enjoyed it. I was keen to finally take my children, especially as they love science. We had been to the Winchester Science Museum a few times and they had enjoyed it.

It was a bank holiday so I was anticipating that it would be fairly busy. They do timed tickets, we arrived early and were still let in. There didn’t seem to be anyone checking the times on our tickets. It was extremely busy. There’s quite a funnel neck created in the space area so we passed through this fairly quickly to go to the other floors. As we moved through the exhibition rooms and floors we were so disappointed to see how very little there is in the way of interaction with the exhibitions. Everything I remember seems to be in the Wonderlab. Though I had gone on the website I don’t feel it explained that most of the fun stuff was in there now as standard. The additional exhibitions were all paid for as well which wasn’t surprising.

The better exhibitions were Who Am I? And the Engineering floor.

I think my children summed it up when they said it was a history museum and I have to agree. It felt like an amalgamation of lots of other museums. I think if you had much younger children (ours are both junior and secondary age) it would be very boring for them.
Written 28 May 2024
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geoffrey d
Norwich94 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Way too crowded to enjoy.
Could not wait to get out of the place.
It was a bank holiday Monday so perhaps to be expected I guess.
Great museum but the crush ruined it for us.
Written 22 May 2024
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Adam B
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Exhibits were fascinating as usual. However we found ourselves in The Diner at the far end of the ground floor.
This is the most soulless place i have been to eat for long time. The service was desultory and could barely be bothered to make tea ordered. The food/cake offering was meagre.
I feel the museum could do better in this space .
Written 20 May 2024
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fairliekid
Narrandera, Australia161 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I found this quite uninteresting. I was with my brother a scientist and were disappointed. Lots of boards to read but not as good as previous visit a few years ago. Not sure if it's aimed at kids but they didn't seem engaged either. Sorry to say we spent little time there.
Written 19 May 2024
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Houseofninjatravelco
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately due to train times, and not realising that we would really have needed longer to explore this his wonderful place, we would also love to take our children next time. It literally is packed with fun and educating exhibits, that our whistle stop visit didn’t do it justice.
I would like to add it does really need to consider a couple of water refill stations, whilst you can ask at the cafe, this would have been a great help for us.
I would also like to thank the staff at the gift shop who were very helpful.
We did visit on a Sunday which is probably one of the busiest days, but we would love to return again soon!
I will also post some videos on my instagram
@houseofninjatravel
Written 15 May 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I visited the Science Museum to see their special exhibition "Turn It Up: The Power of Music". It featured some unusual instruments, such as a fire-organ. Many of the exhibits were interactive. In one exhibit, I was able to see me dancing to the music, rendered by motion-capture technology. This exhibit is aimed at a younger audience.
Written 12 May 2024
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