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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
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+44 20 7942 4000
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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
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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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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
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Space and beyond

Was a great couple of hours spent walking around and taking in all the development that we have made as Human beings. It's was fantastic to see the actual capsule that Tim Peak... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Whilst interesting the exhibition was very small. It could have had another room, perhaps with something interactive for people to try. We stretched our visit to 45 minutes but that was with looking at things a second time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had really fond memories of the Science Museum growing up so decided to take our 6 year old. Its free entry but we paid the £5 donation fee.....i really wish we hadn't! Screens everywhere! Tv screens, touch screens. What happened to all the fun hands on stuff! We paid extra to visit the wonderlab as we had promised our daughter... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was a great couple of hours spent walking around and taking in all the development that we have made as Human beings. It's was fantastic to see the actual capsule that Tim Peak came back to earth in, it's great that the museum has managed to acquire it. A great visit had by all

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

And in addition you get cars, steam engines, etc. So fun to see real space equipment, moon landers, clothes, satellites, rockets!

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Inkberrow, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

From the queuing at the entrance onwards it turned into a location from hell! The sign says "free entrance, £5.00 donations are appreciated", ha, the lady on our entrance turn style halted us and was most insistent on the £5.00 donation per person! We only wanted a brief look around ahead of catching our train so thought let's pop in... More 

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Hampshire, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were so excited to visit the Science Museum as a family with a 4.5 year old. He's mad about how things work and engineering marvels like space travel and Bloodhound SSC etc. This was 40 years since my last visit and I remember being taken at that age and being blown away by the interactivity, buttons to press, moving... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always worth seeing - the exhibits don't change that often but as your kids get older and become less excited about dinosaurs then the science museum has a lot to offer. Highly recommend the IMAX experiences!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

went specifically to see Tim Peake's capsule which did not disappoint as its in pride of place. bought a couple of events whilst there , the 3D apollo trip to the moon which was disappointing and not worth the money, and the fly 360 which very much was worth it.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good place to spend half a day, and not just for children. While the entry to the museum is free, many of the more interesting exhibitions have a separate admission fee.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with high expectations, having been told how great it was and husband having fond memories of going in his younger days. Many of the interactive displays were broken/crashed. Although you don't pay to go in, the advertised exhibitions all required a ticket to be bought (and our experience of the permanent exhibitions didn't inspire us to reach for our... More 

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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