Centuries of continuous scientific and technological development are the foundation of the Science Museum. There are steam machines, computers, space equipment – the list is endless. Equally important is the social context of the science – what the discoveries and inventions mean for the day-to-day – and the process of discovery itself. The Wellcome Wing has not only various interactive devices, but also an IMAX theater and a 3D simulator: the Virtual Voyages.
Gallery Guide and Highlights
The museum has seven floors, including balconies and mezzanines. The Wellcome Wing offers four floors of interactive technology and is on the west side of the museum, accessible from the ground floor and third floor of the main building. The machines dominate the ground floor, where is also Making the Modern World. The first floor houses the Challenge of Materials as well as Agriculture and Measuring Time. Upstairs, rooms dedicated to energy, ships, mathematics and computing. On the third floor are Flight and Health Matters. The fourth and fifth floors house the galleries of Medical Sciences.
Making the Modern World
Apollo 10 took American astronauts to the Moon in May 1969 and today is one of the highlights of the museum.
Power: The East Hall
Gallery devoted to the steam machineries, has the Harle Syke Mill Engine (1903), in operation.
Daily from 10:00AM till 6:00PM.
Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
Free of charge (exception for IMAX 3D cinema, simulator and special exhibitions)
Exhibition Road – South Kensington
London SW7 2DD
Closest attractions: National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrod’s.
Getting there:South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations. Buses 9, 10, 14, 49, 52, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, 452 and C1.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7942 4000
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled access facilities;