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“Interactive Educational Fun for Science Fans”
Review of Science Museum

Science Museum
Ranked #298 of 1,793 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 10 March 2012

My young teen rated this museum as one of his favorite parts of London. He is a scientist at heart and loves interactive museums. The musem is FREE and is part of a block of several excellent museums, which are all free (Victoria and Albert's and Natural History). It is steps from the Big Bus Tours stop and from the Underground. Staff at the information desk went above and beyond to learn of my son's interests and to show us which parts of the museum would appeal to him. They also looked up directions for us to take the Tube to our next stop, the Churchill Museum. Very helpful!

There are a myriad of exhibits relating to transportation, air flight, space, the industrial age, the history of medicine, climate change and the environment, marine life, and more. There is a play and learn section for kids under six on the basement level. A sit-down cafe is located on the ground floor (no chicken tenders, hot dogs, or other American kid favorites--a common finding throughout London). The building has a very clean, modern, hip, appealing design. It is very appealing and has great informative signage on exhibits.

We founds some interactive displays throughout the museum, but the heart of interaction was in the Wellcome (as in the former Burroughs-Wellcome Medicine Company) Wing. It can be accessed from the main floor but doesn't connect at all the floors. It would be easy to miss if you didn't know it was there. Also, we couldn't cross from the second or third floor of the Wellcome Wing to the second or third floor to the main museum. Better signage or just connecting the two would be invaluable.

Anyway, the Wellcome wing had great video games that taught about the effects of various life choices, the effects of climate change, why some particles reflect heat back to the earth while others allow them to escape (greenhouse effect), and more. Teens and adults alike seemed to enjoy the games and they also learned in the process. FUN and EDUCATION combined! Perfect!

Three hours would be about perfect to enjoy this museum. Grab some lunch and then try the V & A or History Museums next door! Nice gift shop as well.

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Reviewed 10 March 2012

This is a great museum which is much bigger than I thought when I paid to get in. It was an excellent way to spend the afternoon in Manchester.

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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Take your own food and drink; it's just too busy to queue. Displays vary in quality and you can't help thinking some stuff doesn't really need to be in there. Difficult to know where to draw the line with science but this place needs more focus.

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Reviewed 3 March 2012

The children and I used to go with the school every couple of years and we all loved the Launch Pad we also used to go on our own often

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Reviewed 3 March 2012

The first couple of floors are ok. gets kind of cheesy as you go up

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