Science Museum


The Science Museum was founded in 1857 with objects shown at the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

The Science Museum’s unrivalled collection of some 250,000 iconic objects (with more than 12,000 on display and free to view) from the history of science, technology, medicine and engineering, gathered from across the globe since that landmark event in Victorian Britain.

Iconic objects on display at the Science Museum include:

  • Stephenson’s Rocket
  • the Apollo 10 command module
  • the first successful atomic clock

apolloVisitors can see not only exhibitions of historic treasures, such as the elegant Science in the 18th Century collection of scientific instruments, but also the latest scientific developments, in the Wellcome Wing.  The Museum has more than 25 galleries on seven floors covering the most significant technological and scientific achievements. These include the magnificent Energy Hall featuring landmark steam engines which powered the Industrial Revolution; the Flight Gallery, charting the history of man’s fascination with aviation; and the Making the Modern World gallery, which charts icons of invention from 1750-2000.

The Science Museum is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry, which also includes the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum (formerly the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television) in Bradford.

final_robot4The Robot suggests having a look at:

  • Stephenson’s Rocket
  • Apollo 10 command module
  • IMAX cinema
  • Launchpad – the Museum’s popular hands-on, brains-on gallery. From firm favourites to world-firsts, Launchpad is packed with over 50 interactive exhibits, plus electrifying shows and lively demos, all from the wonderful world of physics (third floor)

South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines). A pedestrian subway runs directly from the ticket barrier at South Kensington to the Main Entrance of the Museum (5 minute walk)

By Bus:
14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station
9, 10, 52 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore (5 minute walk)


Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD (Map)

Back to Museums