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Science Museum

KidRated’s Science Museum Top Tips:


The Science Museum is the place to go for an educational day out that’s so much fun that kids won’t realise how much they’ve learnt. With captivating interactive galleries, exhibitions, simulators and even an IMAX 3D Theatre, science will never get boring! There are always plenty of changing exhibitions, so check in advance to see what’s on.


Kids can get hands-on with real scientific phenomena in Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery. Ignite their curiosity by ordering a live experiment at the Chemistry Bar, watching lightning strike before your eyes or travelling through the solar system under a canopy of stars. Wonderlab will inspire your children to see the world around them differently.


For younger kids, a visit to the Pattern Pod, a multi-sensory area for children under 8, is a must. Full of interactive exhibits that encourage children to recognise and copy, they can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet. Or create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more.


For older science enthusiasts, check out Engineer Your Future, a highly interactive exhibition where your teenager can learn about the role of engineers and discover whether they might like to consider this exciting career through games, video and engaging displays.


If your kids have questions about the world, or even just about themselves, the Science Museum not only has the answer but a way to find it that will keep kids engaged for hours.



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A Beautiful Planet is one of a range of 3D films on offer at the museum’s IMAX Theatre. This exciting film allows you and your children to experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet, captured from the international space station.


  • IMAX tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions
  • Pre-booking required for entry to the museum, but it’s FREE
  • There are charges for interactive galleries



Booking Advice:

  • Entrance into the museum is FREE!
  • Plan to go at quieter times, school holidays are very busy
  • Certain exhibitions, films and simulations do cost money – check in advance for prices and restrictions



Exhibition Road
South Kensington


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Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7942 4000


How to get there:

Tube: South Kensington

Teen Verdict

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I love the science museum! I hadn’t been for a few years since I was younger but going back as a teen, it didn’t disappoint. Of course there were sections that were very much tailored to kids but I enjoyed them all the same. The thing I liked most about going now that I’m older is that I actually somewhat understood the things I read and saw. This a great museum for the whole family including teens so definitely give it a go.

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • ‘The Garden’ is a fantastic play space in the basement for under 5s. Leave your buggy in the free buggy park by the entrance before going in.
  • Bring a packed lunch as the cafes (and the shop) get really busy. We often eat on the seats by the lift on the 3rd floor (near the Flight gallery).
  • As much as the museum would like your donation it is still free here so don’t be put off by the ‘ticket barriers’ at the main entrance.
  • The ‘Exploring Space’ gallery on the ground floor is dark so it’s easy to lose the kids in there.
  • It is loud in the Science Museum but, as with most museums, get off the ground floor and it’s a lot less crowded.

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  1. Guy Nesbitt

    Both my 4 year old and 8 year old enjoyed their visit to the Science Museum. There is an area in the basement that has interactive exhibits which my 4 year old enjoyed. Highly recommend!

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