What’s On at the Science Museum

July 26, 2012toAugust 31, 2012
What’s On at the Science Museum, London
Summer 2012
Summer opening hours
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Every day Monday – Sunday till 19.00.
Special late opening 28 July – 5 August, open until 22.00.
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 4868
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NEW TO COME
Web Lab open till July 2013 – FREE
Web Lab is made of up five experiment installations that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life and aims to inspire the world about the possibilities of the web. Exhibited at the Science Museum, Web Lab is both a physical exhibition at the museum and an interactive website available everywhere at chromeweblab.com.
Worldwide visitors both on and offline will be able to make music with people across the world; launch information into cyberspace and see where images on the web live or watch their portrait being drawn in sand by a robot.
Summer of Sport – inspired by the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games
Mobility, speed, precision and sustainability – who needs it? Athletes and engineers. Find out how science and technology will deliver an excellent performance at the Games this summer and in future.
LIVE EVENTS
Super Speedy Sprint, 14-17 Aug, 11am – 4pm
Elite athletes are lucky enough to have their running shoes made especially for them. Will this technology take the leap to the high street? Take part in real scientific experiments with scientists from Loughborough University to see what difference shoes can make in your performance.
Drug Wars, 28-30 Aug, 11am – 4pm
No one likes a cheat, especially in professional sports. Scientists at King’s College test athletes for drugs. But how can they tell the difference between illegal drugs and legitimate medicines?
Sports Sense – date tbc
How do scientists monitor athletes at breakneck speed without slowing them down? Scientists at Imperial College created small, smart sensors that give the low-down on health and performance without big bulky kit. See their sensors in action and meet the minds behind them.
Making Strides – date tbc
How do you fix up a Paralympian’s prosthetic or high-performance wheel chair? Meet the engineers on from Ottobock who run the Games workshop. Check out their high tech tools and get close up to running blades.
Salsa Dancing Scientists – date tbc Is dancing really a good form of exercise? Come and find out with our Salsa dancing scientist from Kingston University. Find out how they measure energy levels, have a go at their interactive dance video and see expert dancers in action.
New Batman film at Science Museum’s IMAX theatre – till 16 August
The new Batman movie, ’The Dark Knight Rises: the IMAX Experience’ (12) will be featured at its IMAX at the same time as it does at mainstream theatres from Friday 20th July for one month only. £15 (conc £13/Children £10). Running time 165 min, includes additional 1 hour exclusive 70mm IMAX content. To book call 0870 870 4868 between 08.30 and 18.00 or visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/imax-IMAX theatre, Wellcome Wing gallery, ground floor, Science Museum.
Make it in Great Britain – till 9 September 2012, FREE
The Make it in Great Britain exhibition celebrates the best of British manufacturing. Led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the exhibition will highlight the successes of the manufacturing sector, show the true face of British manufacturing and encourage young people to consider a career within the industry.
Exhibition Road Show – 28 July – 5 August.
BBC Proms – 5 August, 3.30pm, FREE
The BBC have commissioned a family orchestra and chorus of around 200 people (as part of a number of themed Music Events) to perform to Science Museum visitors a new piece of music. The orchestra and chorus will be located on the ground floor next to the ticket desk, the ramp, first floor and glass bridge.
Glyndebourne – 19 August
On Sunday 19th August the museum, in collaboration with the Glyndebourne Festival 2012, will broadcast live from Glyndebourne two Ravel short operas.
ADULT EVENTS
LATES – Last Wednesday of each month, 6.45-10.00pm. For adults aged 18+. FREE
Enjoy a fun evening of themed workshops and talks after hours on the last Wednesday of each month. Regular activities include A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum, Silent Disco, speed dating, the legendary Pub Quiz and science-based humour with the Punk Science comedy team. You can also enjoy shameless playtime in the interactive Launchpad gallery!
August Lates with MasterCard – 29 August
Explores the world of science fiction!
September Lates with MasterCard – 26 September
Explores the science of climate change.
SCIENCE MUSEUM’S DANA CENTRE
The Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s café bar and venue for exploring issues in contemporary science through dialogue, interaction, performance and art. Most events are free and open to anyone aged 18 and over.
Green Wednesdays – 19 September & 21 November
Green Wednesdays will take place on two evenings in September and November – in collaboration with Nice and Serious. The event will feature the screening of a film about a climate or environmental topic, followed by a facilitated discussion with two experts and the audience.
Green Babies – 27 September
Green Babies is set to be a daytime event aimed at new or expecting parents. It will look at how to reduce a baby’s impact on the environment, discussing the questions; which type of nappy has the least impact? Is organic really any better? etc.
All events require pre-booking. For details visit  www.danacentre.org.uk
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH POPULAR DEMAND…
A Cockroach Tour of the Museum
Visitors dress up in realistic cockroach costumes and take a journey through the Museum, exploring the impact of scientific and technological developments on the climate, from the perspective of one of our planet’s true survivors, the cockroach.  ‘A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum’ is free, every Saturday and Sunday and during LATES until 1 September. To book your place call: 0870 870 4868.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s life and legacy – till May 2013, FREE
An exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, supported by Google. This biographical exhibition explores Turing’s inspirational story and examines his profound influence on the fields of code-breaking, computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence and biology. The life and legacy of Alan Turing will be told using objects (including some which have never been on public display), archival material, interactive exhibits, photographs and quotations.
Climate Changing Stories  FREE
The display presents objects and art that reflect the human capacity to adapt to our ever-changing environment. From nineteenth century inventions that paved the way for new technologies – to contemporary art and film that show a glimpse of futuristic adaptations, Climate Changing Stories shows the range of ingenious ways humans have and will respond to our changing climate. Plus, a three day exhibition with investigative journalism from 48 UK schools about climate change in their area, uncovering issues from river pollution to community opposition to wind farms.
Universe of Sound – till 27 August 2012, FREE
A ‘virtual’ Philharmonia Orchestra takes up residence at the Science Museum. An immersive digital installation employs the latest digital and interactive technologies to reveal the inner workings of each orchestral section and invite the public to interact, create and explore. The project includes a live performance of The Planets, the commission of a new work to allow the audience to develop their own musical journey, and workshops.
Signs, Symbols Secrets: An illustrated guide to alchemy – till April 2013, FREE
The exhibition features 20 rare books and 2 illustrated manuscripts from the Museum’s Library and Archives collections. In addition objects from the Wellcome and Chemistry collections will be displayed including a rare alchemical scroll.
Science Museum Live on Tour
The popular shows return to the stage with new experiments for 2012. Inspired by the Science Museum’s hugely popular interactive galleries, this inventive family theatre show leads children and adults on an exploratory adventure into the wonderful world of science. New dates for the period May to July soon to be announced.
Oramics to Electronica: Personal histories behind electronic music
Until December 2012, FREE
The ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’, is dedicated to the birth of electronic music and how it’s influenced our music world. The exhibition displays the Oramics Machine and rarely seen archive footage. Personal stories will show how electronic sound has advanced, changed and was democratised from the 1950s through to the modern era, and people envisioned new sounds and pushed the boundaries of what was possible.
ANTENNA – Water Wars exhibition – FREE
Water Wars is an exhibition that investigates how engineers are developing technologies to secure enough water to prevent a global food crisis. Our population is rising at a staggering rate. And climate change is making matters worse… We need to act fast to secure enough water – and food – for the future.
Ten Climate Stories – FREE
Climate Stories showcases artworks from established and emerging artists including Toaster Project, by Thomas Thwaites, Longplayer, by Jem Finer and Yao Lu’s arresting images from the New Landscapes, as well as revealing hidden stories behind some of the museum’s best-loved exhibits. Ten Climate Stories is part of the museum’s three-year Climate Changing programme – a series of thought-provoking events that accompanies the atmosphere exploring climate science gallery.
For all media enquiries, please contact [email protected] or call on 020 7942 4364 or 4328.
*Note* V&A Museum also has Special late opening 28 July – 5 August, open until 22.00 (except 30 July).
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Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 4868
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Web Lab – open till July 2013

  • Web Lab is made of up five experiment installations that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life and aims to inspire the world about the possibilities of the web.
  • Exhibited at the Science Museum, Web Lab is both a physical exhibition at the museum and an interactive website

Summer of Sport – inspired by the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

  • Mobility, speed, precision and sustainability – who needs it? Athletes and engineers.
  • Find out how science and technology will deliver an excellent performance at the Games this summer and in future.

LIVE EVENTS

Super Speedy Sprint
14-17 Aug, 11am – 4pm

  • Elite athletes are lucky enough to have their running shoes made especially for them.
  • Will this technology take the leap to the high street?
  • Take part in real scientific experiments with scientists from Loughborough University to see what difference shoes can make in your performance.

Make it in Great Britain
To 9 September

  • The Make it in Great Britain exhibition celebrates the best of British manufacturing.
  • The exhibition will highlight the successes of the manufacturing sector, show the true face of British manufacturing and encourage young people to consider a career within the industry.

A Cockroach Tour of the Museum
Daily

  • Dress up in realistic cockroach costumes and take a journey through the Museum, exploring the impact of scientific and technological developments on the climate, from the perspective of one of our planet’s true survivors, the cockroach.
  • ‘A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum’ is free, every Saturday and Sunday until 1 September
  • Book your place call: 0870 870 4868.

Science Museum Live on Tour

  • The popular shows return to the stage with new experiments for 2012.
  • Inspired by the Science Museum’s hugely popular interactive galleries, this inventive family theatre show leads children and adults on an exploratory adventure into the wonderful world of science.

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk