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“Excellent! No other word for it”
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British Music Experience
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Owner description: Britain's interactive museum of popular music. Combining cutting edge audio-visual technology with some of the most coveted music memorabilia – the only exhibition where you can select your favourite content to keep. Trace era defining moments through 60 years of music and its influence on art and fashion. See iconic British music memorabilia from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costume to Amy Winehouse’s dress. Develop your skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals and even your dance moves!
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We took our 2 kids - 8 and 4 to the BME, and what can I say other than excellent, great, lovely etc. The museum is done beautifully with a room for each period, and a central hub to connect everything. It is full of interactive things for kids (and adults) to enjoy, my kids loved playing instruments, singing into a microphone and dancing in front of the camera. With the added bonus of the smart ticket that lets you watch it all at home, it was heaven for them. Add to that the richness of information, the friendly staff, the absolute loveliness of the place and the entrance & exit movies, and it was a day to remember. We spent 3 hours there and could easily have gone for more (if not for the 4 years old becoming hungry). Very very highly recommended.

Thank Orli-Hidai
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Almost half the interactive stations did not work properly. If you go looking to simply view the artifacts it's fine but what drew us in was the "Smart Ticket" which didn't work half the time. The Gibson Interactive sections was a disappointment as well in that the stations were equipped with instruments in need of a proper setup. But then again they were cheap Gibsons and Epiphones so maybe I was just being picky. It's a little off the beaten path in the O2 Arena in Greenwitch so plan to go after visiting the Tower Bridge.

1  Thank greenville_guitar
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

brilliant day trip esp for kids, very hands on, as many museums are in London. took a while to figure it out and signposting not great, but once we got the hang of it, it was great.
took 6+10year old and they had a great time, downloading different pieces of information on to their "smart tickets" to look at later at home on the web. you can also try out various guitars (bass/acoustic/electric) and drum sets, you can "play" mixing music and record you own singing. or dancing, which was a particular hit with my two.
various "eras" on display with psychodelic posters of the 1970's to Dusty Springfields dress and Elton John's glasses.
a very good overview of popular british (and other) music culture since 1945. i wouldn't take children who are younger than 6, as it wouldn't be suitable i would think.

Thank LondonSchnecke
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I took my teenage son to the British Music Experience on a Saturday, I really enjoyed it and can honestly say I'm glad we went. It's not suitable for young children as there isn't anything to occupy them. My son found it fascinating especially the interaction stations but he would have quite happily left after an hour as he is too young to really appreciate what was there, that and the fact that he isn't really into music of past generations.
Two hours was enough time spent there and to be honest it could be much better, the best way to summarize it is to say, picture Hard Rock Cafe without music and food and not so good memorabilia. Oh top tip, check what other events are on at the O2 before going, we were unfortunate in that 1D (1 Direction) were playing when we went and the tube and area were full of screaming kids. Thankfully they didn't go into the BME. After visiting once I don't feel the need to go there again, the merchandise isn't that good either.

Thank Claire K
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Visited on a Saturday while at the O2 with 2 for 1 tickets. When you first get there there is a shop with a room with some memorabilia in it, the attraction wasn't very well signposted we were left thinking is that it? We weren't the only ones. You go through the shop to the main attraction. It is all sectioned into different areas, warchild exhibition, and rooms going through different decades. You also had the option to play on different instruments and record yourself singing. We didn't really use the smartcard as didn't really understand it. It was a good attraction to go through memory lane lots of interesting memorabilia on display. Worth a look if your in the area.

Thank marmite_x
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