What’s on @ Science Museum this Christmas

December 21, 2011toJanuary 29, 2012
What’s On at the Science Museum
Christmas and the New Year 2011
Robot Month
FREE
1 – 31 December
Throughout Christmas 2011, there’s a month long celebration of all things robotic including workshops, films and demonstrations. Visitors to the Science Museum will be able to 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, visitors will be able to hear talks from experts, take part in workshops or listen to talks by Museum curators.
COMING SOON
Me in 3D
11 January – 10 March 2012, FREE
The Craniofacial team from Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute will be asking visitors 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? Visitors can volunteer to have their photograph taken in 3D and be able to explore what they look like in another dimension. These photographs will form part of a database of 3D images. This will be the largest database of its kind in the world and could help treat patients with facial disfigurement in the future.
Familiar Faces
18 October 2011- 8 January 2012, FREE
Join Ashok Jansari, Reader in Cognitive Neuropsychology and his team from the University of East London as they conduct research into facial recognition to find the so called ‘super recognisers’. See at close hand the cutting-edge technology – a combination of three computer tests which have not been used before – to examine various aspects of facial recognition. The experiments have already been done on over 500 visitors to date and the results will be published on the researcher’s website – reaching a potential international audience. The project is funded by the University of East London.
Suzanne Treister – HEXEN 2.0
Opens March 7 2012
March 2012 sees the UK premiere exhibition ‘HEXEN 2.0’ by celebrated British artist Suzanne Treister. HEXEN 2.0 is an exhibition of large-scale drawings or ‘diagrams’ and a set of re-imagined Tarot cards, which charts the coming together of diverse scientific and social sciences through the seminal Macy Conferences of 1943–56. The works represent links identified by artist Suzanne Treister’s research into the development of cybernetics, social engineering, the history and future of computing and the internet, the rise of Web 2.0 and mass intelligence gathering. They suggest her views on implications for the future of new systems of societal manipulation towards a ‘control society’. Treister’s HEXEN 2.0 takes us to a hypnotic, mesmerising space of early technological fantasy to hallucinate feedback from the past, from where one may imagine and construct possible alternative futures. HEXEN 2.0 is a sequel to Treister’s acclaimed HEXEN 2039.
Oxford Brookes
April 2012 –June 2012, FREE
Headed by the Movement Science Group, this is a study into walking characteristics of the museum’s large and diverse visitor population. Visitors will be able to discuss with researchers the idea of ‘movement prints’ – that each human has a unique movement pattern and way of walking. Visitors will be able to find out their individual walking pattern, and will be able to compare their walk to a chimpanzee and T-rex.
Antenna Live Science
Take part in real science experiments in our Live Science programme – an ongoing programme where people can volunteer to take part in cutting-edge experiments conducted by visiting scientists. All experiments are FREE and take place in the Live Science area on the first floor of the Wellcome Wing. The programme is suitable for visitors aged 7+. For more information visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
LAST CHANCE TO SEE
A Cockroach Tour of the Museum
A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum, is a participatory project by art collective Superflex.  Visitors will be invited to 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 visitors 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.
FREE FAMILY EVENTS
EVERY DAY
Launchpad Science Shows
The largest free interactive science gallery in the UK, Launchpad is packed with exhibits which will allow visitors to launch a rocket, turn their 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.
Gallery tours (13+)
Flight, 13.00
Making the Modern World, 15.00
Discover the secrets behind some of the most significant items from the Science Museum’s collections in these fantastic gallery tours.
Located in Flight, third floor and Making the Modern World, ground floor, 45 places, 30 minutes. Tours available most days, please check with staff.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS…
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
FREE
22 November 2011– 14 February 2012
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, will be among the stars of a new exhibition opening at the Science Museum on 22 November.
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 will feature a number of exciting works commissioned specially for the Science Museum.
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. Over the years musicians have invented, altered and improved (often cheap) equipment to be able to produce these dreamt-up electronic sounds.
ANTENNA – Water Wars exhibition
OPEN NOW
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
Until March 2012
FREE
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
FREE
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.
atmosphere: exploring climate science
FREE
‘atmosphere: exploring climate science’ has transformed the second floor of the Wellcome Wing in the Museum, making it the destination to explore the science of climate change. ‘atmosphere’ combines interactive exhibits with objects from the Science Museum’s collection and on loan from around the world. The gallery is accompanied by a three-year programme of related events in the Science Museum. The gallery is supported by principal sponsors Shell and Siemens, major sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, major funder the Garfield Weston Foundation, and with additional support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Patrons of the Science Museum.
Who am I?
FREE
Who am I? presents the latest in brain science and genetics through a mixture of interactive exhibits and object-rich displays. What makes you, you? How do your genes impact on your brain, your actions, your thoughts and your appearance? Visitors to the redeveloped Who am I? gallery will get the chance to explore answers to these questions and more by encountering striking object displays, contemporary artworks and by sharing their opinions on ethical issues in science. ‘Who am I?’ is supported by Principal Funder: Wellcome Trust, Major Sponsors: GlaxoSmithKline and Life Technologies Foundation.
IMAX and 3D Experiences
If you’d like to see more than just one film during your visit to the Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema then make sure you take advantage of our special deal which allows you to watch a second movie for half price!
Born to be Wild 3D (U)
Hubble 3D
Wild Ocean 3D
Deep Sea 3D
More 3D experiences:
Fly Zone
Charges apply
Visit the brand new Fly Zone simulator area where you take control in 360° flight simulators or fly with the Red Arrows in our sensational 3D motion simulation theatre. And, don’t forget to visit Fly Café to refuel before taking off again.
Legend of Apollo – the ultimate 4D simulation theatre
Charges apply
See, hear, feel and even smell what it would be like to venture into space with a ride in the Science Museum’s extraordinary multi-sensory experience. The Legend of Apollo has been created with participation from former NASA Apollo astronaut Col. David R. Scott. The film draws on Col. David R. Scott’s own experiences, actual Apollo archival footage, recent satellite imagery of the Moon and exceptional 3D computer animation.
For all media enquiries, please contact [email protected] or call us on 020 7942 4353.
Ends
Visitor Information
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 486

Robot Monthrobotville

FREE
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

FREE
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

FREE
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

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

Until March 2012
FREE

  • 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

FREE

  • 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.

Visitor Information

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk