Part of the famous triad of museums in London, the Science Museum houses world-class collections of scientific, medical and technological advancements from all around the world. Situated on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the museum attracts a huge 3.3 million visitors every year. Is truly is one of the best things to do in Kensington as there are over 15,000 objects to marvel at, including the Apollo 10 command capsule and a real Iron Lung.
The success of the 1851 Great Exhibition inspired the development of the Science Museum, under the vision of Prince Albert. Founded in 1857, the Science Museum was initially combined with other collections as part of the South Kensington Museum. The collections of artwork later formed the separate Victoria and Albert Museum.
In 1885, the Science Collections were renamed the Science Museum and it wasn’t until 1909 that the Science Museum was established as a separate entity. The current building on Exhibition Road was designed in 1919 by Sir Richard Allison and opened to the public in stages. Thus, the famous triad of London museums was established: The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and The Victorian and Albert Museum. The most recent development of the Wellcome Wing in 2000 has resulted in the museum reaching as far as Queen’s Gate.
The Science Museum is open daily from 10 am-6 pm, with the exception of 24th-26th December when it is closed. On the last Wednesday of every month, excluding December, it’s open from 6:45-10 pm for adult-only late events. Half-term and school holiday opening times may differ slightly. It is free to enter the museum but a ticket might be required for certain events, galleries or special exhibitions.
The galleries focus on power, space, flight, media and medicine and over 800 exhibits are brought to life with interactive design features. On top of that is an IMAX 3D Cinema featuring a range of science and nature documentaries, as well as a range of tours, events and science performances to explore. Real simulators are also embedded within the museum, such as RAF Red Arrows 3D, where visitors take control inside the cockpit with impressive flight motion technology.
Learning is the most important factor at the museum and that’s why there are various options available for those seeking an educational experience. There are learning resources available for self-led trails as well as activities and various projects which are featured regularly at the museum.
The Science Museum also offers the opportunity for venue hire in one of the many unique spaces. Rooms such as The Equinor Gallery are ideal for parties, especially when combined with one of the museums exclusive party packages. Perfect for both corporate and event hire, ‘Illuminate’ is a new events space with huge windows, offering staggering panoramic views of London.
A great way to end your day at the Science Museum is with a delicious meal of authentic French food at Aubaine Kensington or a visit to the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.
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