April events @ Science Museum, London

This Month

Rocket replica train
To 18 April

  • This Easter, the Science Museum will be offering visitors the chance to enjoy an exciting steam ride on a replica of Stephenson’s famous 1829 locomotive train Rocket.
  • Visitors will be transported back to the time of the Great Steam Age on this enjoyable 15 minute train journey, based in London’s Hyde Park.
  • Visitors can then venture inside the Science Museum to find the original Stephenson’s Rocket in the Making the Modern World gallery.
  • Rides cost £5.00, including a goody bag.

The Eggs Factor
2, 5-9, 12-16 April @ 12.00, 14.00

  • FREE
  • Have you got the Eggs Factor? Find out in this eggs-cellent workshop with eggs-citing eggs-periments all about eggs! The event takes place in the Flight gallery on the third floor. There is no booking process, 60 places are available on arrival. The show is 35 minutes long and suitable for children aged 7 and above.

Up, Up and Away
2-18 April @ 11.30, 13.30, 15.30

  • FREE
  • Join us on this high flying adventure through the clouds in this fun interactive storytelling event about flight.
  • The event is located in the Flight gallery on the third floor of the Museum. There is no booking process, 35 places are available on arrival.
  • The show is 20 minutes long and suitable for children up to the age of 7.

Hubble 3D at the IMAX 3D Cinema

  • Journey through distant galaxies and explore the mysteries of the universe on this mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Using incredible 3D technology you can accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history, and experience never-before-seen 3D flights through awe-inspiring Hubble imagery.
  • Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.


1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World
To 25 April 2010

  • 1001 Inventions will trace the forgotten story of a thousand years of science from the Muslim world, from the 7th century onwards.
  • Featuring many interactive exhibits, displays and dramatisation, the exhibition explores the shared scientific heritage of diverse cultures and looks at how many modern inventions can trace their roots back to Muslim civilisation.
  • The exhibition is a British based project, produced in association with the Jameel Foundation.

Force Field – the ultimate multi-sensory experience

  • See, hear, feel and even smell what it would be like to venture into space with a ride in the Science Museum’s extraordinary new multi-sensory experience.
  • Visitors can journey deep into the unknown with The Legend of Apollo film and discover what it felt like to be part of the Apollo missions. The experience utilises the latest simulation and effects technologies to place the audience in a truly experiential environment where they not only see, but feel what it was like to be part of this major historical event. 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.
  • £5.00 adults and £4.00 children/concessions, family tickets available

Cosmos & Culture: how astronomy has shaped our world

  • Cosmos & Culture traces 400 years of telescope technologies, explores our changing perceptions of our place in the cosmos, and examines the role astronomy has played in our everyday lives.
  • Objects on display include Thomas Harriot’s drawings of the Moon, Jupiter’s satellites and sunspots; the telescope William Herschel used to discover Uranus; a detector seeking the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of our Universe; and an amateur telescope made of bean cans, car parts and coat hangers.

Measuring Time

  • Clocks have had a crucial role in life since they appeared in Europe’s cathedrals and public places from about the 13th century. For centuries, clockmaking attracted the finest mechanical craftsmen and pioneered both precision in manufacturing and mass production – techniques that underpin modern life.
  • The newly refurbished Measuring Time gallery displays one of the finest collections of clocks and watches in Britain. Highlights include the 1392 Wells Cathedral clock – one of the oldest working mechanical clocks in the world – and important regulator clocks from the great age of English clockmaking.

Family events

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.
  • Find out how the world works by testing out the 35m long Echo Tube, the beautiful Icy Bodies and over 50 more brand new interactive exhibits demonstrating light, sound, electricity and magnetism and more amazing physics phenomena.  Catch one of the spectacular science shows performed by Explainers throughout the day.
  • Ideal for children aged 8-14 years old.
  • If you can’t make it along to Launchpad why not download the new Launchball application available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information visit

Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema: Now showing

Fly Me to the Moon 3D (U)

  • Get ready to launch into this animated space spectacular and join three curious houseflies that sneak on board the Apollo 11 spaceship mission to embark on a cosmic adventure.  Featuring the voice of Buzz Aldrin, viewers can relive the momentous occasion when the world was united for man’s first steps on the moon.

Space Station 3D (U)

  • Feel the force of a rocket launch, accompany astronauts on a space walk and experience life in zero gravity as you blast off to space. With stunning views of Earth and incredible footage of life on-board the International Space Station it’s the closest you’ll come to actually being there!

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D (PG)

Sea Monsters 3D (PG)

Deep Sea (PG)

Prices: £8.00 adults and £6.25 children/concessions.

Where do I find out more?
See the Fun Kids review on the Science Museum

  • For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
  • With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries.
  • Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise.