7 floors of FREE exhibits and interactive activities for budding scientists to explore, each with a distinct themes ranging from Flight to The Science of Art and Medicine.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
The Science Museum has so much to do and learn you need to give yourself at least a whole day in order to fully appreciate everything on offer. Get stuck in with all the games, exhibitions, etc.., on offer. Even those aimed at kids will fill you with a little wonder. Thoroughly recommended for a good day out and if you are so inclined there are a lot of cafés and restaurants in the vicinity.
Address: Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD.
Playground: The whole museum is one big playground with floors and floors of interactive exhibits.
Cafe: Yes, the Science Museum has two large cafes and several smaller ones. You are also welcome to bring your own food, which can be eaten in the picnic area provided.
Toilets: Yes, wheelchair accessible and with baby change.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, there are lifts and wide smooth paths. It can get very busy though, so negotiating the crowds with wheels can be difficult.
Parking: A small number of disabled parking spaces are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road. Blue Badge holders may park in these spaces for four hours between 08.30 and 18.30. These cannot be pre-booked. The nearest pay and display car parking is in Prince Consort Road and Queen’s Gate. Parking restrictions are Monday – Saturday only so you can park on the road on a Sunday for free (check the signs!).
Train: London Victoria and then a bus or tube.
Tube: South Kensington, five minute walk; Gloucester Road, 15 minute walk.
Bus: Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station. Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore.
Phone: 020 7942 4000.
Housing hundreds of world famous state-of-the-art science experiments, exhibits and games, the Science Museum also plays host to an IMAX cinema (you have to pay) and several simulators including an RAF Typhoon Jet and the RAF Red Arrows (you can book online).
There are many workshops running throughout the weekend, which are ideal for older and younger children. The museum also hosts ‘Lates’: ‘Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from Churchill’s wartime scientists to childhood’. More info here: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/lates.aspx?
The Science Museum is located in South Kensington and is easily accessible by tube and a long tunnel connecting you to the museums. The Natural History museum and the V&A are nearby and so during peak times things can get a little busy (something to bear in mind if you are travelling with a buggy). There is access for wheelchairs (and some disabled parking too).
The Science Museum also hosts a science night for older children and an accompanying adult, whereby you get to spend the night in the museum and take part in a host of experiments.
Review by Zerrne Henderson.