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Science Museum

#74 of 1,498 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
South Kensington
As featured in No Frills London and 3 other guides
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Address: Exhibition Road | South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, England
Phone Number: 02079424000
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This museum chronicles the development of science and industry in Great...

This museum chronicles the development of science and industry in Great Britain over the centuries, with an extensive collection from biochemistry and photography to meteorology and astronomy.

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Very Busy, Very Interesting

Much more commercial than our last visit 4 years ago. Still plenty of free stuff but some of the exhibits e.g. Science Lab and demos are now paid for and a very persuasive man on... read more

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

OK so we did visit in half term so it was very busy, however there was not much going on for my daughter to engage with. The exhibitions were poor (the free ones) we didn't bother queuing for the attractions you need to pay for. My daughter (10yrs) was bored within first 30 minutes and asked to leave after an... More 

Thank shellmoreton36
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Much more commercial than our last visit 4 years ago. Still plenty of free stuff but some of the exhibits e.g. Science Lab and demos are now paid for and a very persuasive man on entrance getting you to donate. Fair enough, lots to do and see. All staff friendly , informative and very patient. All displays well done particularly... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth a visit, but busy and quite big. The space section was interesting. Not overly engaging here and I did get a little bored.

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Dover, Kent, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With fond memories of all the interactive parts of the science museum from when we were kids ourselves, my wife and I were really looking forward to taking our own kids here this time round. When we arrived, lifts were out of action & a map (you'd be lost without one & we had to source ourselves) told us the... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Museum is a must if visiting London. It shows how science has developed over the centuries. There is something to see for all ages. There are four floors of exhibits with every type of science and technical invention. We had lunch in the Blue Deep Diner and the service was first class and a good price by London standards.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most of the floor space is wasted or full of screens and buttons in fancy pods within this prime London building. However underneath the jazz are in effect oversized ipad screens with what are in effect YouTube videos. Take the carbon cycle for example, one screen one button but go on YouTube and there are a few thousand, aimed at... More 

Thank mark33333186338
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Still definitely worth a visit but although it's free to get in, there are lots of things to pay for once you're inside. We did the flight simulator which was good fun. All the hands on science stuff is ticketed now.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are so lucky to have such brilliant world class museums on our door step. The science museum is amazing and the kids love it. The cars, spaceships, technology etc. They particularly like the section on Einstein. Downstairs is always busy ...less so when you get to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floors. This is a must...kids now 8 and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My son really enjoyed this visit and found some of the exhibits really interesting. My own view is somewhat different. No hands-on area, an over-designed and over-simplified exhibition in the Wellcome Wing - my son wants to be engineer, but learnt nothing useful from the 'Engineering Futures' exhibition. The farming displays are straight out of 1965. Too much space is... More 

Thank Peter R
Penzance, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An excellent museum which houses something for everyone. Whilst we had no interest in the interactive displays or space exhibits which appeared to be of more interest to those visitors with children, we still found it easy to spend a couple of hours looking around the excellent engineering, transport and 'everyday things' exhibits. Entry is free but donations are invited.... More 

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