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Science Museum

#73 of 1,527 things to do in London
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South Kensington
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Address: Exhibition Road | South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7942 4000
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make...

Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.

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Educational but not boring

This large building is full of interesting things, many of which are 'hands on' and great fun for both young and old. We spent several hours wandering round and ended up with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great free museum. The ground floor with modern icon displays is excellent. There are pay for attractions as well as an imax cinema. We really enjoyed our visit and it's next to the V and A and the natural history museum too

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This large building is full of interesting things, many of which are 'hands on' and great fun for both young and old. We spent several hours wandering round and ended up with aching legs but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been coming here since I was a youngster and one thing that hasn't changed is that it has always been an incredibly hands-on experience which is the best type of museum for enquiring minds. The galleries challenge and inspire and look at scientific and technological development over the centuries and best of all, admission is free. On this visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What ever city we go to with our kids, if we have time we pop in a science museum. London's is amazing! Free entry puts others we have been to to shame and with so many things to see it's incredible. Even though foods areas aren't outrageously priced but you could always bring your own too. We did pay for... More 

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Worle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We(2 senior citizens) hardly recognises the science museum of 30 years ago,when we last visited,but it still provides interactive hands on exhibits that encourage children with now modern technology.We loved the 3D red arrows experience.However we found it very warm and not till we were leaving saw that there is a cloakroom to leave your coat for a fee also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I brought my children, my parents brought me and now I've brought my Grandchildren. Who LOVED every moment. There was something for each of us to try, see and enjoy and memories to be made. Don't be afraid to bring the kids its for them too.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my kids, ages 7 and 11, and both had a good time. 90 minutes flew by, and we hardly realized it. You must pass a front desk to get in where they ask for donations, but I didn't feel pressure here. Of course we came two hours before closing, so maybe this was part of it. Also, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There was lot of evolution of a lot of things that we use now. Seeing old things was quite nostalgic and exciting. Good for kids however I did not like being asked for £5 donation as we entered i think it's up to people who visit the museum to decide how much they want to donate,it could be more or... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Allow a few hours for this museum. Definitely a trip down memory lane, if you are 50+, with all the things we used to see in every day life, that are now exhibited in museums! A fascinating history of engineering accomplishments throughout the years. Quite a few interactive exhibits for young and old alike

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a truly amazing place so much to see and do. We dropped in for a few hours on a Sunday morning and we all agreed - this needs another visit with more time to see, read and experience everything that it has to offer. The displays are awesome. The information well laid out. Some of the 'talks' are... More 

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With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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