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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Exhibitions and events

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...

Engineer Your Future

Permanent exhibition

Young people will be inspired to think like engineers and have their preconceptions challenged in a free interactive exhibition that is to open at the Science Museum this December. Engineer Your...

Educational programs

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