1 – 31 December
- Throughout Christmas 2011, there’s a month long celebration of all things robotic including workshops, films and demonstrations.
- See a range of robots on display, build and race their own robot, watch a film in the IMAX 3D cinema or discover the history of robotics in the Museum’s collection.
- Plus, as part of the android celebrations, there are talks from experts, take part in workshops or listen to talks by the Museum curators.
Me in 3D
11 January – 10 March 2012
- The Craniofacial team from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute will be asking you to help them with a scientific study investigating the structure of different faces.
- How are our faces constructed? How does one face differ from others? Who do we look like?
- have your photograph taken in 3D and be able to explore what they look like in another dimension.
A Cockroach Tour of the Museum
To 31 December
- You take on the form of cockroaches, dressing up in realistic costumes to begin a journey through the Museum, exploring the impact on the climate of scientific and technological developments from the perspective of one of the oldest, most resilient life forms on the planet.
- The humorous tour will take you through the Museum’s Energy Hall, Exploring Space and Making the Modern World galleries before completing their journey in the atmosphere gallery.
- Superflex is a group of artists and designers whose work aims both to highlight global issues and to suggest and generate alternative ideas and solutions.
- The Cockroach Tours are every Saturday and Sunday until 31 December 2011. To book a place call: 0870 870 4868.
Launchpad Science Shows
- The largest free interactive science gallery in the UK, Launchpad is packed with exhibits which will allow you to launch a rocket, turn your head into a sound box and control a magnetic cloud.
- Catch one of the spectacular science shows performed by Explainers throughout the day.
- Ideal for children aged 8-14 years old.
Hidden Heroes – the genius of everyday things
Charges apply (£6, concessions £3.50)
- We use them every day. They are so common that we rarely even think about them: the Hidden Heroes of everyday life. Be it a tea bag, a zipper, or condom, these objects are classics.
- Based on an idea that was both simple and ingenious, they have remained unaltered for decades. The Vitra Design Museum and Hi-Cone present 36 of these everyday classics, talking about their history and demonstrating the enormous significance they have today, both conceptually and economically.
- This new show presents the objects together with patent specifications and drawings by their inventors, with print ads and advertising films – not only from today, but also from the time when the products were striving to become established.
Electroboutique Pop up
Now to 14 February
- A giant distorted iPhone, a padded TV that changes picture when someone hits it and a digital mirror TV that shows viewers their own ‘tele-portrait’ reflection assembled from different TV channel streams, are among the stars of this new exhibition
- Electroboutique Pop up showcases the work of Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev – internationally renowned artists working with technology. The premiering exhibition will comprise unique artworks developed over the last seven years by Shulgin and Chernyshev’s collective of artists, designers and engineers – known as Electroboutique.
- The exhibition features a number of exciting works commissioned specially for the Science Museum.
ANTENNA – Water Wars exhibition
- 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
Until March 2012
- Ten 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.
James Watt and Our World
- The attic workshop of the first hero of the British Industrial Revolution, the engineer James Watt, has been opened up to visitors as part of a new permanent Science Museum exhibition, James Watt and Our World.
- Accompanied by a new gallery of previously unseen objects and innovative multimedia, the exhibition will present a vivid portrait of the working life, ingenuity and character of the first engineer to be propelled to international fame and spoken of in the same breath as national heroes like Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December