The Science Museum provides a wealth of information in a thoroughly engaging and increasingly technological manner. It's an exhilarating place to visit, and organised over five floors, it is just the right size that everything can easily be seen in a day.
The Ground Floor is dedicated to the history of science from the Industrial Revolution to the year 2000. It focuses on the idea that steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years and there are a wealth of different artefacts on display, including, as one would expect, a very large steam engine. Other galleries on the first floor include Exploring Space. This gallery features A piece of the Moon which weighs 83g and must be kept in a nitrogen filled glass container so that it never comes into contact with the Earth’s atmosphere. Making the Modern World, another gallery, caters particularly for those who are interested in the evolution of transport over time and there are numerous cars, boats, trains and planes on display.
Throughout the museum, the focus never resides with the idea of a scientist working alone in a laboratory; rather, it rests on the important role that scientific discoveries play in our evolving society. Whilst the positive effects of science are apparent in abundance, the curators of the museum still have time to direct the viewer towards probing and relevant questions such as "What is the negative impact of technology on society?"
A collection of interactive screens in the museum feature a host of recently published articles with a scientific leaning. The curators of the museum are interested in feedback from the user and this has been cleverly designed to reflect current social media trends. The user is able to Like the story if it has been of interest to them and in addition they can email it to a friend. The Science Museum is encouraging everyone to take an active interest in science and its role in the evolution of society.
Biology is addressed in Who am I?, an interactive part of the museum which is full of quizzes and tests for the visitor to take in order to learn about the different determining factors that biology and social environment have on the early development of an individual. There is an fascinating section that focuses on the differences between the male and female brain.
There is an IMAX cinema which shows a number of amazingly vivid science films in 3D. Live science shows requiring audience participation also occur daily in the Launchpad Gallery.The Science Museum aims to show that curiosity should always be encouraged and that learning is fun and can be enjoyed by all.
Astonishing Science. Spectacular Museum.
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
Entry is free; but charges apply for the IMAX cinema, flight simulators and some special exhibitions.
Science MuseumExhibition Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SW7 2DD
For directions, see http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/gettinghere.aspx
Open from 10.00 - 18.00 every day except 24 to 26 December. Last entry 17.15. Open until 19.00 (last entry 18.15) during the school holidays.