The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in the whole of Europe. It boasts fantastic and interactive exhibits across wide-ranging disciplines and fields, from space exploration to innovations in medicine and psychology.
The museum houses over 15,000 items and artefacts of scientific discovery and breakthrough which are on display for visitors. The most famous of these is perhaps the Apollo 10 command capsule, which successfully completed a circuit of the moon in 1969 and returned to earth. Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission by NASA in the Space Race and the second U.S. shuttle to successfully orbit the moon. Other famous objects in the museum include Stephenson’s Rocket and Puffing Billy, two of the most iconic old steam-engine locomotives.
Free for all
While entry to the museum is free of charge, there are also excellent temporary exhibitions which charge an admission fee. Until March 2016, Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age will examine the extraordinary story of Russian space travel, with important artefacts on display including Vostok 6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space. There is now also an IMAX 3D cinema in the museum which screens scientific documentaries and films, from a tour through deep space to a truly immersive virtual dive under the sea.
With so much to offer on such a vast array of interesting subjects, the Science Museum is well worth a visit: prepare to be excited, entertained and educated all at once.