Interactive gizmos, awesome space rockets and a 3D Imax cinema make the Science Museum a failsafe visit for kids. There's plenty for adults too, this perfectly curated museum making light work of big bangs, climate changes and astrophysics, among other things. Exhibition Road.
Stories of incredible scientific achievement
The Science Museum is one of the coolest museums in the capital. Interactive exhibitions take a sideways look at contemporary and historical issues in science, with core collections that let you marvel at everything from space rockets and early computers to steam trains and gruesome medical artefacts. There’s also an IMAX cinema, a Red Arrows and jet plane simulator, and a range of rotating exhibitions, open daily.
Open daily from 10am to 5:45pm.
What's on now at the Science Museum?
Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security: 10 July 2019 – 23 February 2020
Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in this, free exhibition. From the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cyber security, Top Secretexplores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group’s and GCHQ’s historic collections. Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency.
Driverless: Who is in Control?: Until October 2020
Artificial intelligence is gaining an ever-increasing presence in our lives. Everything from deep-sea exploration to getting a cheeky take-away is being reimagined with some form of automation. Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface.