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Science Museum, London

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Founded in 1857, Science Museum is one of the city’s major attractions, with nearly three million visitors each year. The museum holds an impressive collection of over 300,000 items, including the first jet engine, the oldest surviving steam locomotive, and the first prototype of the famous Clock of the Long Now, a mechanical clock designed to keep time for over 10,000 years. See hundreds of interactive exhibits, or visit the IMAX 3-D movie theater, which screens science and nature documentaries. Visit the Exploring Space gallery to see the story of human space exploration or time your trip for a "Science Night," a regular all-night special event allowing guests to spend the night inside the galleries, sleeping among the exhibits. Find out how to plan London trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Do not cut this visit short, it is worth looking at everything. so much to learn, lots of interactive bits. The robots expo is worth the money. We got unlucky that a bunch of Spanish students arrived ...  more »
  • Very good Museum. The exhibitions are rich in subject and explanatory pannier are clear (but concise). I particularly recommend the hall on the universe! Allow at least half a day to visit. FYI, volunteers offer free guided tours (ask arriving). I did that on the war wounded: nickel! Must see!
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  • Easy to navigate, friendly staff, stunning exhibits. Stephenson Rocket, puffing Billy. Brilliant ! Rocket engines, mescheschmidt car, lunar module. What more needs to be said?  more »
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  • This place is amazing. Kids of all ages will enjoy this place. My daughter is a bit young (5) but still plenty of exhibits here that should could enjoy. Some areas/exhibits cost money to get in (look for 2 for 1 vouchers if you use the train to get into downtown London) to help ease the hurt on the wallet. Fun for parents too! Make time out of your visit to London to go here.
  • Best place to take kids to. The Science Museum is a place of learning but done in such a way that both kids and adults will stay excited. Many of the presentations are interactive and there are always changing ones. Currently there is the Statoil Experience on Level 3, Power Up charting the history of gaming on Level 1 and Illuminating India. Apart from that you can see how Steam Engines helped transform England, 5000 years of Science and Innovation on Level 2 as well as the History of Space Travel on the Ground floor. And these are only the highlights. If you want to interest your kids for science, take them there.
  • My little one (and I!) absolutely loved seeing the trains, space exhibits and various engines, and the Pattern Pod was great. However the upper floors, although clearly interactive, weren't really set up with toddlers (or people being dragged along by toddlers) in mind and we gave up on "The Garden" twice because of the queue- although once we made it in it was marvellous!- and the staff member handing slinky springs to the kids in the queue was a genius idea- which headed off at least three angry child strop outs that I saw. It's quite dark in places and we did spend more time than I expected trying to find certain bits. Ultimately there is a lot of really amazing stuff (for want of a better word) here, but I think I'd need to come back without the toddler to get the full effect of the upper floors. But the small one announced on our way home that she'd had an amazing time, which is what we were there for and checking the time on leaving I was surprised to see we'd spent most of the afternoon there- Well, I guess that's relativity for you!
  • Have been many times. With free entrance, you can just drop in. The halls at ground level with large engines, the first ever locomotives and rockets are great but it is also worth exploring some of the less busy areas. The top floor with airplanes is fantastic and is hardly ever crowded. Museum is truly suitable for all ages.
  • Loved the museum. It is great as you see how we advanced technologically. It also has a space section which is gorgeous! I recommend it highly. I would recommend visiting the shop as it has many cool stuff. Great museum overall. If you have a child, take him with you. You will see a piece of the moon!!

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