The Science Museum was founded in 1857. It has its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851, held in Hyde Park in the huge glass building known as the Crystal Palace. The history of the Science Museum over the last 150 years has been one of continual change. The exhibition galleries are never static for long, as they have to reflect and comment on the increasing pace of change in science, technology, industry and medicine. Whatever the future holds, the Science Museum will be in the forefront to illustrate, explain and interpret it for all. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
Professor Stephen Hawking said “The Science Museum helped fuel my fascination with physics. So it is wonderful to see that more young people than ever are getting the opportunity to feel that same inspiration. The museum is one of my favourite places. I have been coming here for decades. And that simple fact, in itself, tells quite a story.”
British astronaut, Piers Sellers said “As a kid I loved coming to the Science Museum. It was really where I got my first interest in science and technology in a real way. The Science Museum inspired me to pursue science as a career and ultimately to become an astronaut. Careers in science are fantastic – I was lucky enough to become an astronaut, but even if I had not been I would still want to work within the realms of science.”
Open: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, last entry 5.15 pm. Cosmonauts opens every Friday until 10 pm, last entry to exhibition 8.45 pm.
Price: Admission is Free, but you need to buy a ticket for the IMAX Theatre, flight simulators and some special exhibitions.
Where is the Science Museum? It is a 5 minute walk from South Kensington Station in zone 1. South Kensington serves the Piccadilly, District, Circle lines.
What is nearby? Victoria Albert Museum, Science Museum IMAX.
Did you know? Professor Stephen Hawkins last visited The Science Museum in November 2013.