London SW7 2DD
TfL Fare Zone 1
The London Science Museum is one of the greatest science museums in the world. The galleries cover 7 floors of the enormous building and hold an astonishing range of objects. Every aspect of global science is covered with fascinating interactive displays suitable for 'under-5s' to adults.
Entry to the museum is free but there is an affordable charge for the IMAX 3-D Cinema, the Motionride simulator where you can experience flying a Harrier Jump Jet and the SimEx simulator.
The museum collection ranges from Stephenson’s original 'Rocket' locomotive; the Apollo 10 space module; the first hypodermic syringe to freeze-dried genetically modified mice. The museum displays objects from the 1750s to modern times showing how they have influenced the ‘Making of the Modern World’.
About the Museum
Originally founded in 1857 the museum exhibited collections from the Royal Society of Arts and items from the Great Exhibition. It became solely a Science Museum in 1909.
Vickers Vimy Biplane
On entering the museum the visitor is faced with the great East Hall which rises through 3 floors. Hanging from the ceiling are complete aeroplanes including Alcock & Brown’s Vickers Vimy biplane in which they made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
This Hall features ‘Energy’. Here the visitor sees iconic steam engines of various sorts which tell the story of the British Industrial Revolution right through to modern turbine generators. The other galleries are ‘Exploring Space’ and ‘Making the Modern World’. At the far end of the Ground floor can be found ‘Pattern Pod’ with interactive displays for 5-8 year olds and their parents and the SimEx Simulator Ride.
Basement is for Children
The Basement is home to many of the museum’s facilities and has two galleries: ‘The Garden’ is particularly designed for the under-5s and ‘The Secret Life of the Home’ gives a novel and interactive look at those familiar objects that we all take for granted.
First Floor and above
- The First Floor has 6 different galleries - ‘Challenge of Materials’, ‘Telecommunications’; Agriculture’; ‘Surveying’; ‘Weather’; and ‘Who Am I’.
- On the Second Floor can be found ‘Inside the Spitfire’; ‘Computing’; ‘Mathematics’’ and ‘Docks and Diving’.
- The three galleries on the Third Floor are ‘Flight’; ‘Motionride Simulators’ and ‘In Future’
- The Fourth Floor features the ‘Glimpses of Medical History’ gallery. Remarkable displays range from dioramas of Pre-historic skull surgery to a full size reconstruction of a 20th century operating theatre with an operation in progress.
- On the Fifth Floor is ‘The Science and Art of Medicine’ which complements the displays on the floor below. There is also a gallery called ‘Veterinary History’.
A new gallery too is dedicated to the Information Technology Revolution.
Accessible. For full details go to the Museum website Web:Science Museum/ Accessibility
Food & Drink
There is so much to see that a visitor can spend all day in the museum. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics which they can eat on the premises or they may wish to visit one of the numerous cafes.
Open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 18:00 hours except 24 to 26 December.
Entry is free
Charges apply for the IMAX 3-D Cinema, simulators and some special exhibitions Web:Science Museum/ Admission
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)8708 704 868
TfL Fare Zone 1
- By Underground
South Kensington Station District, Circle and Piccadilly lines
A pedestrian subway runs directly from the ticket barrier at South Kensington station to the Main Entrance of the Museum.
- By Bus
Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station, from where it is a five minute walk north to the Museum's Main Entrance.
Bus routes 9, 10, 52 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore, from where it is a five minute walk south to the Museum's Main Entrance.
We suggest that you use the TfL Journey Planner Web: Tfl Journey Planner
- By Car
Very limited disabled parking only. The Museum is in the Congestion Charge Zone Web: TfL London Congestion Zone
Google Map - Science Museum