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Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment
13 November 2013 - 5 May 2014

Book tickets now or call 0870 870 4868 (booking fee applies)

Come on a journey inside the largest scientific experiment ever constructed. Buried deep under the border between Switzerland and France, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is the work of 10,000 men and women from across the globe, united in their quest to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe.

This immersive exhibition blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory. We’ll take you behind the scenes to witness the uncovering of the Higgs boson, explore the 27-km collider and its cathedral-sized detector caverns, and discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe.

See history being made. Meet engineers who build the impossible. Walk the tunnels of CERN. Stand in the heart of a collision. Witness a moment of discovery. Step inside the world's greatest experiment.

‘a bold endeavour to bring fundamental physics to the people… in many ways it’s better than the real thing [visiting CERN]’ The Independent

‘It’s impressive that everything is both visually striking (pretty, even) and yet informative, and the Science Museum should be very pleased with Collider.’ New Statesman

‘refreshingly grown-up’ BBC Radio 4 ‘PM’ programme

‘There is more to the show than the science, however. The museum pulled off the even harder trick of depicting CERN's character.’ The Economist

Image copyrights include © Science Museum and © Science Museum / Nick Rochowski


Collider: step inside the world’s greatest experiment was made possible with the support of:

Science and Technology Facilities Council logo


Winton Capital Management

Exhibition Benefactor:
The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

With additional support from:
Advanced Oncotherapy plc
National Instruments
The Ogden Trust
Collider Exhibition Patrons and Supporters

More about our sponsors

Collider video

Watch the Collider exhibition trailer

Collider on Twitter

Read our tweets about the Collider exhibition

Accessibility information

Wheelchair accessible Yes - full access.
Wheelchair access points Wellcome Wing lifts or ramp from main Museum basement.
Nearest standard toilet By entrance to exhibition.
Nearest adapted toilet By entrance to exhibition.
Low lighting information The gallery provides a highly stimulating environment which has low-level lighting.
Immersive exhibits Halfway through the exhibition there is a 270-degree wraparound projection exhibit. This may be overwhelming for some visitors as it contains high visual stimulation and sweeping movements. There is a short break in the projection so that it can be skipped if desired - please enter when the sign says 'Beam off'.
Rest stop information There are benches and seats at various points in the gallery.
Mobile phone charging If your mobile phone battery is running low from using any of the exhibition accessibility aids, please speak to one of the ticket desk staff and they will charge it for you.

Access options

BSL guides A British Sign Language introductory video will be on our website shortly.
Large print book A large-print gallery book is available - please ask staff at the exhibition ticket desk.
Transcripts Transcripts of audio exhibits are available through the gallery.
Induction loops An induction loop is provided in the screening area at the start of the exhibition.
Audio descriptions A series of audio descriptions of the gallery and objects is available online.


Step inside the world’s greatest experiment
Floor: B
From 13/11/2013
To 05/05/2014
Price: Timed entry. Adults £10, Concessions £7