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Science Museum

#77 of 1,552 things to do in London
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South Kensington
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Address: Exhibition Road | South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7942 4000
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make...

Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.

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Just mummy & daughter

So I was looking for something cheap & cheerful to do yesterday with my 3 year old daughter (4 next month). I figured something educational & fun would be nice. Plus she likes... read more

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

So I was looking for something cheap & cheerful to do yesterday with my 3 year old daughter (4 next month). I figured something educational & fun would be nice. Plus she likes getting on the train into London as I do. I was thinking the Natural History Museum & the Science Museum. But by the time we finished at... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Took my son and wife up to the science museum , travelling by chiltern trains and London underground. No problems with that side of things ,very smooth and well informed when needed. On arriving at the science museum your confronted with a row of tills which threw me slightly as all the literature said it was free to enter.turns out... More 

Thank Richard C
Boston, United Kingdom
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We have visited many times over the years but came especially to see Tim peaks capsule. The children love it here as there is so much to do with so many interactive activities. We watched the beautiful earth imax show and learnt lots!!! We only had the afternoon here so only get to a few of the areas which means... More 

Thank DonDons369
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here during school hols and although packed out there was no queue to get in and inside wasn't cramped at all. My 7 year really enjoyed the day, there was plenty to see and we were there for a long time, we would definitely visit again. You can take a packed lunch and eat it whenever you like, lots... More 

Thank claires822
Ipswich, England
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The museum was very busy on the Saturday of half term. We saw the Bugs film at the imax which was great but also quite expensive. The main problem was that there was just far too many broken interactive exhibits which is not what you expect from a world class museum

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London, United Kingdom
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We paid 27 pounds to see the robot exhibition and our six year old son went in for free. My husband and son really loved it. They had a range of robots on display that moved and some spoke. The most excited I got was seeing the robot used to film Terminator. There is no seating area in the exhibition.... More 

Thank Julie E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our two 11 year old boys loved this place, we almost couldn't get them out. The area to space was superb, seeing the Apollo spacecraft is worth a visit alone. We did read other reviews before visiting which complained about the hidden extra costs but to be honest this is to be expected in a place with free admission. We... More 

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I took my 8 year old son to the Science museum and we both had a fabulous time. There really is so much to see, do and experience. I would recommend paying to go into the Wonderlab which contained dozens of really excellent interactive activities and experiments as well as frequent talks and demonstrations from the friendly and well informed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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As with many exhibitions at the Science Museum I left feeling that the curators had managed to assemble a large collection of varied objects and then explained nothing. Most of the robots were entirely static, those that moved were not interactive in any way and the explanations really explained nothing. For example, if it says "10,000 sold" perhaps it wouldn't... More 

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Its been a few years since i had been. Lots of cool stuff to look at but interactive stuff seems to be mostly screen based. Wonderlab queue was rediculous and after being so disappointed by the red arrows 3d ride i didnt want to pay out anymore. Red arrow queue 30 mins. No information about how long you had to... More 

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