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Science Museum, London

Another great place to come and visit whenever you’re in Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London is the Science Museum. In fact, it is a major tourist attraction in this area. Founded back in 1857 under Bennet Woodcroft, this museum was originally a part of the South Kensington Museum together with the Victoria and Albert Museum but was eventually separated and was turned into the Museum of Patents in 1858. Today, this museum holds about 300,000 items including valuable and infamous items such as the Stephenson’s Rocket, the Puffing Billy (which is the oldest surviving steam locomotive). It is also home to the first ever jet engine as well as a reconstruction of Francis Crick James Watson’s model of the DNA. Within it, visitors would find a plethora of interactive exhibits and the recent addition of the IMAX 3D cinema which shows nature and science documentaries add to the endless learning activities that people may enjoy.

The Science Museum also has Science Nights which is basically like a night long party with a very scientific twist. About 380 children between the ages of 8 and 11, accompanied by their guardians, are invited to spend a night doing “scientific activities” as well as sleeping in the galleries among the museum’s many interesting exhibits. In the morning, they awake to breakfast and more scientific fun. As for the museum’s galleries, there are permanent and temporary ones so it’s always wise to call before you go to make sure that the exhibits you want to see are currently on display.

 

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