History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Science Museum is the most visited museum related to science and technology in Europe and no wonder. There are over 300,000 objects to explore, including famous exhibits like George Stephenson's record-setting Rocket steam locomotive, and the command capsule used by the Apollo 10 astronauts.
Other famous exhibits include the Puffing Billy locomotive, the first jet engine, and the first model of DNA. There is a large display of objects related to medical history, showing how medicine has been practised over time and in different countries. The scope of the exhibits is remarkable, with displays covering engines, aviation history, space exploration, agriculture, clocks, and the 'secret life of the home'.
The Science Museum is not simply a museum; it is an experience of how science works. Experience through interactive displays what it is like to blast off into space or to soar high with the RAF Red Arrows.
One of the most recent additions is the Clockmaker's Museum, a collection of historic timepieces collected by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers since its foundation in 1631. The prze exhibit in the Clockmaker's Museum is 'H5', a naval chronometer by John Harrison, 'the man who found longitude'.
The Science Museum is just one of the famous South Kensington museums founded by Prince Albert in the aftermath of the 1851 Great Exhibition. Nearby is the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
It was initially combined with collections of art that later split off to form the V&A. The museum is housed in a building designed in 1919 by Sir Richard Allison that was intended to be just part of a large complex of buildings.
The Science Museum is known for its regular Science Nights when families can sleep over in the museum and perform fun science-based activities in the evening and morning. There is also a similar adult-only 'Lates', with evening lectures and activities.
By far the easiest way to visit the Science Museum is by tube to (District, Circle, and Piccadilly lines) station. The tube station is connected to underground tunnels that lead directly to the entrances of the major museums, including the V&A, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum.
About Science Museum
Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, Greater London, England, SW7 2DD
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Signposted from South Kensington tube station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines)
Website: Science Museum
Phone: 020 7942 4000
OS: TQ267 792
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: South Kensington - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
Note: You can get Free Entry to Science Museum with the London Pass
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Clockmakers' Museum - 0 miles (Museum)
Natural History Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Victoria and Albert Museum - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Brompton Oratory - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
Albert Memorial - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
Kensington Palace - 0.7 miles (Historic House)
Holy Trinity, Sloane Street - 0.8 miles (Historic Church)
Hyde Park - 0.9 miles (Park)
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