Fodor's Expert Review Science Museum

Kensington Museum/Gallery
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With attractions ranging from entertaining yet educational exhibits—like the Wonderlab interactive gallery, where kids can perform their own scientific experiments, to an exhibition on the fight against superbugs—the Science Museum brings the subject alive for visitors of all ages. Highlights include Puffing Billy, the oldest steam locomotive in the world; Watson and Crick's original DNA model; and the Apollo 10 capsule. The Information Age gallery, devoted to communication networks from the telegraph to the Internet, was opened in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth, who marked the occasion by sending her first tweet. The Winton Gallery, all about mathematics and its applications, has more than 100 math-related objects, such as a 17th-century Islamic astrolabe and an early version of Alan Turing's Enigma machine. Overshadowed by a three-story blue-glass wall, the Wellcome Wing is an annex to the rear of the museum, devoted to contemporary science and technology. It contains a 450-seat... READ MORE

With attractions ranging from entertaining yet educational exhibits—like the Wonderlab interactive gallery, where kids can perform their own scientific experiments, to an exhibition on the fight against superbugs—the Science Museum brings the subject alive for visitors of all ages. Highlights include Puffing Billy, the oldest steam locomotive in the world; Watson and Crick's original DNA model; and the Apollo 10 capsule. The Information Age gallery, devoted to communication networks from the telegraph to the Internet, was opened in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth, who marked the occasion by sending her first tweet. The Winton Gallery, all about mathematics and its applications, has more than 100 math-related objects, such as a 17th-century Islamic astrolabe and an early version of Alan Turing's Enigma machine. Overshadowed by a three-story blue-glass wall, the Wellcome Wing is an annex to the rear of the museum, devoted to contemporary science and technology. It contains a 450-seat theater (where you can visit the ocean floor or the Hubble space telescope via IMAX) and the Legend of Apollo—an advanced 3-D motion simulator that combines seat vibration with other technology to re-create the experience of a moon landing. Another popular space-related immersive experience is the 360-degree VR recreation of traveling back to Earth from the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule with astronaut Tim Peake as your guide. If you're a group of at least five, you might be able to get a place on one of the popular monthly Science Night sleepovers by booking well in advance.

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Quick Facts

Exhibition Rd.
London, Greater London  SW7 2DD, England

0870-870–4868

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free (charge for special exhibitions, IMAX, and simulator rides), Free (charge for special exhibitions, IMAX, Wonderlab, and simulator rides)

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