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“So much to see, two trips needed!”
Review of Science Museum

Science Museum
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
Ranked #96 of 1,631 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“So much to see, two trips needed!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

This is a free entry museum, over 5 floors ranging from very old exhibits to a modern interactive area with today's science hot topics e.g. global warming.

We saw about half the exhibits in the day and had a very tasty value for money lunch in the restaurant.

Some exhibits you need children with you to get the best from it, they're less inhibited than we adults!

It was very warm too, if anything a little too warm. Make sure you pace yourselves as there's so much to see its not possible to do it in a day.

Thank liffdi
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good for all ages, but expensive food.”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Science Museum, which I had not visited for over forty years, is a very good, extensive and entertaining experience for all ages with plenty of interactive and 'hands on' exhibits.
Rather than try and explain the various facilities and what is there, which is covered in many other reviews, I thought I would try and give some information for first time visitors or individuals who have not been for many years.

The nearest Underground Station is South Kensington, served by both the District and Circle lines. The Museum is reached by means of waking through a link tunnel, the use of which is advised rather than taking life in your hands with the London traffic. The Museum is about 400m from the Underground station and entry is free, but if you wish to view some exhibitions, attend shows in the cinemas etc, fees are charged. An 'Explorer' ticket is currently on sale at £20 for adults and a concession rate of £17.50 for children etc., and such a ticket will provide you with a quality guide book and ensure your entry to most of the 'special' shows and cinemas. Personally, I think it to be good value rather than paying for individual attractions, although the purchase of such tickets are not essential, you can still enter the museum for free and see the vast majority of exhibits on all five floors.

Opening hours are 10am to 6pm each day, later closure during school holidays. See the Museum's web site for further details.

The only downside I found was that I found the food expensive. For example, a can of Coke was £1.70, a 500ml bottle of still water was £1.60, a ham & cheese baguette, £4.50 and a slice of pizza £5.00. However, you are allowed to bring in your own food and drink and I would strongly advise you to do so. There are 'picnic areas' set aside where you are welcome to sit and consume your own food.

We attended during school half term, and although it was busy with some queuing for the cinemas etc, it was not too onerous.

In conclusion, an excellent day out with plenty to keep all ages entertained but I would recommend you bring your own food, drink and snacks - or a full wallet as you prefer!

Visited February 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Absolutely world class. Free, Modern, with excellent items.”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had a great time at the Museum. As it's half term it was absolutely packed, but it didn't spoil the enjoyment. Just when you think you had seen everything, you turn a corner and another excellent exhibition appears. The wealth of items on display is fantastic. ( We loved the cut out section of a real 747) Whilst free, the 4D cinema red arrows simulators are not. We wouldn't do the 4D again. Food a tad expensive but loads of 'picnic' areas. The pedestrian subway that leads directly to the Museums is brilliant and well mapped out. A really fantastic day. We can't get our heads round the negative reviews! Well worth a look. (You do have to queue for lifts- stairs are the better option if possible).

Visited February 2013
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

My 9 year old son absoulutely loved the interactive aspect of the musuem. It was easy to get there by tube.

Visited October 2012
Thank RNSLondon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great! So much to see and do, will need to go back to see the rest.”
Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Had a great morning here with a 9 and 5 year old. Loads to see and do for all ages. We really liked seeing the cars and the steam trains and 9 year old loved the game where you had to stop London flooding. Disabled access for my 5 year old was very good.

Thank Ferret2709
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