Science Museum

Welcome to the home of human ingenuity. We curate a world-renowned collection and organise exhibitions, events and IMAX films for 3 million visitors each year.

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.

The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, with particular strengths in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700. It has been uniquely placed to acquire objects recording the Industrial Revolution, and now holds unrivalled collections in this area. Medical artefacts from all periods and cultures also form an important part of its holdings.

The Science Museum Library is one of the world’s great research libraries for the history of science and technology. The Science Museum Library's London home within Imperial College closed on 3 February 2014 and a new Research Centre with library facilities will open at the Science Museum in late 2015.

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Information age

Permanent exhibition

A major new gallery that will tell the incredible stories of how communications technologies have transformed our lives over the past 200 years. Featuring hundreds of objects from the Museum’s...

Churchill's Scientists

Event until 01.11.2018 0:00

Marking the 50th anniversary of his death, Churchill’s Scientists tells the little-known story of how Churchill’s fascination with science led to the scientific achievements that helped Britain win...

Challenge of Materials

Event until 01.11.2018 0:00

Explore and experience the properties of materials in our eye-opening Challenge of Materials gallery. Walk across a magnificent glass bridge suspended by steel wires spanning the main hall. Discover...

Glimpses of Medical History

Event until 01.11.2018 0:00

From Neothlithic times to 1980, relive the absorbing (and sometimes gory) history of medicine. Explore the remarkable work of doctors, dentists, opticians and surgeons through models and life-size...

The Secret Life of the Home

Event until 01.11.2018 0:00

From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances. Most of the objects on show date from the late 19th and the 20th century. But...

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