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Be amazed at the many ways in which the world has become an easier place in which to live at the Science Museum. Fun and education are rarely so closely entwined as they are in this vast five-storey venue right next to the Natural History Museum, and you’re sure to find something to fascinate all members of the family.

Entrance is free, making this a top destination on a rainy day (it does get terribly busy in the school holidays, mind). Charges do apply to certain temporary exhibitions and areas, including the IMAX 3D cinema. See full details on the website.

Best for: From age 2 and up.

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What to Expect:


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Educational
  • Free to enter
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Open year-round
  • Special events
  • Public transport
  • Pay on day
 

What to do

Head for one of the touchscreen terminals near the museum’s front desk, which can suggest family or teen itineraries. Also check the website for details of the many daily events and activities, including workshops, drama, and model-making.

Admire the museum's permanent displays on everything from movie animation and espionage to rockets and satellites, classic cars and working engines.

Look out for the new interactive Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, which you need to pre-book (a day pass is £6). As well as hands-on experiments and experiences, there are daily science shows.

With younger kids, head for the indoor Garden, with dressing up, water- and soft-play, and building activities designed for under-5s.

Enjoy a scientific sleepover on a regular activity-packed Science Night, open to kids aged 7–11.

Catch a 2D or 3D nature-themed movie at the IMAX cinema, ride the Force Field, which lets you experience the impact of an rocket launch, or try one of the thrilling Flyzone simulators. Extra charges apply to all.

Visit the shop for excellent toys and games with an educational bias.

Where to stay

Due to its central London location, the Science Museum is surrounded by good family accommodation options, from luxury family-friendly hotels and B&Bs to self-catering apartments – see our London with kids guide for our hand-picked recommendations.

When

Open 10am–6pm exc 24–26 Dec.

How

The nearest Tube station is South Kensington a few minutes’ walk away.

Eat

There’s a seated picnic area as well as space in the basement, but you are free to eat and drink in any uncarpeted area of the museum. Otherwise, there are 4 cafés, a shake bar, and the Deep Blue Diner restaurant, with pizza and pasta, including children’s meals, as well as activity boxes to entertain younger children.

Cost

Entrance is free, making this a top destination on a rainy day (it does get terribly busy in the school holidays, mind). Charges do apply to certain temporary exhibitions and areas, including the IMAX 3D cinema. 

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