Science Museum IMAX

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum aims to highlight the impact science has on humanity while inspiring visitors with iconic objects and world-class collections.

The London Pass The Science Museum is one of the most renowned museums in London. Exploring the past, present and future of science. Normally £11.00 - Included with London Pass

Discover one of London's top museums, home to iconic artefacts, award-winning exhibitions and more - London's Science Museum celebrates scientific achievement and ingenuity.

Enjoy access to the Science Museum with The London Pass®

- Pay nothing at the door, simply show your pass.
- Learn about how science has evolved over thousands of years, what it has meant to the human race, and where it could take us in the future.
- The pass grants you a free ticket to a 3D IMAX film at the Science Museum IMAX, and access to any current exhibitions, tours, and lectures included with general admission

Pass Perk

- Ticket to a 3D IMAX film at the Science Museum IMAX Theatre
- Enjoy 10% off in the Science Museum Shop when spending over £10
- Enjoy 10% off in all Science Museum cafes and restaurants.



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- History of the Science Museum

- Science Museum highlights

- Science Museum facts

- Don't Miss

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there



History of the Science Museum

The Science Museum as an institution has existed for over 150 years. It began in the Great Exhibition of 1851, in Hyde Park. The Great Exhibitions success prompted the building and opening of the South Kensington Museum in 1857, where the V & A (Victoria & Albert) Museum now stands. Five years later, science collections housed in the South Kensington Museum were moved across to Exhibition Road, to make room for other collections.

In the decades that followed, a science library was established, and a Science Collections Director appointed. But it wasn't until the early 1900s when the Science Museum moniker was officially chosen.

Since then, the original location has been expanded greatly, incorporating new blocks and replacing older architecture. It also began leaning away from its professional focus to appeal to the general public.

Sister sites were opened both nationally and internationally throughout the 20th Century, and the Science Museum's newest wing, the Wellcome Wing, was opened at the turn of the millennium by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Science Museum highlights

  • As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

  • With its IMAX Theatre, transport to a place you’ve never been before. On a giant screen the height of four double-decker buses, which could fit 64 parked taxis, you don’t just see an IMAX film, you feel like you’re part of the action.

  • IMAX lets you fly to the moon, swim under the sea, take a tour of deep space, and discover things you never knew existed. With ten times the image quality, resolution and sound of normal cinemas, experience a film on one of the largest screens in the UK.

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Science Museum facts

  • The Wright Flyer, the world’s first heavier-than-air aeroplane, was originally displayed at the Science Museum. Orville Wright of the - Wright Brothers - refused to donate the aircraft to the Smithsonian, instead of loaning it to the Science Museum in 1928. The Science Museum had a replica built before returning the original to the Smithsonian in 1948.

  • The Science Museum shared its premises with the Imperial War Museum between 1924 and 1935.

  • The Science Museum originally planned to build a planetarium at the top floor of the museum but scrapped the idea when Madame Tussauds opened the London Planetarium in 1958.

  • An automatic door, originally part of an exhibition on photoelectric cells in 1933, is still on display in the museum today. Unlike modern automatic doors, which use pressure plates, it worked by breaking a beam of light shining on a photoelectric cell.

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Don't Miss

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security
10th July 2019 - 23rd February 2020

Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, cyphers and secret communications, from the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cybersecurity. Top Secret explores over one hundred years of communications intelligence through documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts. Trace the evolution of gadgets and devices used to conceal crucial messages and decode secrets. Hear about the top-secret work that stops terror attacks and serious crime, and the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century. Learn about Alan Turing and the team of codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941. Uncover spy-craft used in Cold War espionage. And challenge your friends and family to become codebreakers in our interactive puzzle zone.

The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter
25th September 2019 - 26th January 2020

This exhibit looks at how scientific progress impacts social change, how machinery has both improved and threatened the human body and how tools that go beyond human senses can capture the unseen. The exhibition brings together works from the Tate, the National Gallery, the V&A and more, alongside rarely displayed objects from the Science Museum Group’s Collection. Discover the questions we ask of society, our bodies and the environment, as we continue to interpret and explore the world around us.

Royal Photographic Society: Science Photographer of the Year
7th October 2019 – 5th January 2020

The very first Science Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases extraordinary images of science in action. Bringing together science and art, this exhibition celebrates the wonders of the scientific world with everything from space to the human body. View the world through a scientific lens in a playful yet illuminating study of everyday materials from the structure of a soap bubbles to the strange formations of face cream. This exhibition also sheds light on some more serious questions for which we often look to science for answers, with thought-provoking images exploring human health, environmental conservation and the protection of endangered wildlife.

Please note: Some visitors may find images in the Human World and Natural World sections upsetting.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (at the Science Museum IMAX)
Narrated by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breath-taking portrait of Earth from space, courtesy of the crew of the International Space Station. Witness stunning footage of our magnificent planet and humankind's place within it.

Hubble 3D
Directed by Toni Myers, who also directed A Beautiful Planet, Hubble is a documentary about space shuttles sent to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. You’ll also get the chance to explore distant galaxies, walk with astronauts, and see them in action as they attempt one of the most difficult tasks in NASA’s history. Hubble 3D will take you past Saturn, through the Helix Nebula, and across the Andromeda Galaxy. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Space Descent VR With Tim Peake
Using cutting edge VR technology, you’ll get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. Space Descent VR lets you feel the force of the 400km drop back to Earth from the ISS and is narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

For more information on current exhibitions, IMAX films and screenings, check out the official attraction websitePlease check in advance of travel to check what is showing when you visit to avoid disappointment.

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Know before you go

- Some exhibits/shows require tickets. Please check the Science Museum website for more information.

- All lifts in the museum are wheelchair accessible.

- Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available on all levels of the museum as well as baby-changing facilities.

- The Science Museum is home to a range of family-friendly cafés and restaurants that serve fresh, great-tasting food.

- Cloakrooms are available onsite.

- Open daily 10:00–18:00, school holidays 10:00–18:30.

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Getting in

Show your London Pass at the door for entry.

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Make the most of your London Pass

- After you've seen everything, why not check out the V & A Museum across the street?

- Alternatively, close by there is The Guards Museum, Apsley House, the Household Cavalry Museum and Handel & Hendrix London. All of these are included in The London Pass®.

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How to get there

Underground
- South Kensington - Picadilly, Circle & District lines.
- Gloucester Road - Picadilly, Circle & District lines
- Knightsbridge - Picadilly line.

Bus
- 14, 74, 414, C1, N74, N97

Visit the Science Museum website for more travel information.

 

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Getting to Science Museum IMAX

Getting to Science Museum IMAX

  • Science Museum IMAX Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Opening Times

Science Museum
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.15
IMAX Film Screenings
Monday 11.00 - 14.45
Tuesday 11.00 - 14.45
Wednesday 11.00 - 14.45
Thursday 11.00 - 14.45
Friday 11.00 - 14.45
Saturday 11.00 - 16.00
Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

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