August events at the Science Museum


Personal Pod-Car
11 – 13 August
11.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.00

Driverless pod-cars could make traffic jams, crowded buses and petrol fumes a thing of the past. Join us to experience the future of transport and chat to the engineers who are working on your personal pod-car.

Green Power Trip
18 – 20 August
11.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.00

Where will our energy come from in the future? Check out top technologies competing to free us from fossil fuels. Talk to scientists working towards a green energy future.

Create and Make – Print in 3D
25 – 27 August
11.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 16.00

Wouldn’t it be cool if instead of buying a new digital camera, you could download the design and print it for yourself? Well 3D printers could make this reality. See these magical machines in action and catch a sneak preview of the future of manufacturing…

The Science Museum is hosting a space season from the throughout summer which includes the following:

New! Cosmos & Culture: how astronomy has shaped our world
Until 2010

  • This new exhibition 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.

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 will draw on Col. David R. Scott’s own experiences, actual Apollo archival footage, recent satellite imagery of the Moon and exceptional 3D computer animation.

Family Events

Space in Your Face!
8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30 August
11.30, 13.30, 15.30

Three… two… one… blastoff! Join us on our journey through space in this fast-paced, action-packed extravaganza of a show! Suitable for children aged 5 and above, the event is located in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Museum. There is no booking process, 120 places are available on arrival.

Spaced Out Tour
3 – 7, 10 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 28 August
11.30, 13.30, 15.30

Roaring rockets, amazing astronauts and smelly space poo! Discover these and much more on this interactive tour of the Exploring Space gallery located on the ground floor. Suitable for children aged 5 and above. There is no booking process, 45 places are available on arrival.

Star Struck!
3 – 7, 10 – 14, 17 – 21, 24 – 28 August
12.30, 14.30, 16.30

Science and art come together in this spectacular workshop. Find out about fantastic Solar System facts and help us draw a super-sized star map! The event is suitable for children up to the age of 8 and is located in the Cosmos and Culture gallery on the first floor. There is no booking process, 50 places are available on arrival.

Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off!
29 August

Join bestselling science author Glenn Murphy as he celebrates the launch of his new book about fears, phobias and the Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off! Learn what fears really are, where they come from, and how we can get around them. Why are snakes and spiders so scary? What are the chances of being struck by lightning or an asteroid? And what should you do if an angry bear attacks? Find out all this and more in this free, live interactive show. The show runs for 30 minutes and will take place in the Theatre on the ground floor. The show will be followed by a book signing.

Launchpad Science Shows
Every day throughout August
On the hour from 11.00 – 17.00

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