About us

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

Telephones on racking at Blythe House

Support us

The Science Museum relies on supporters to help fund our core activities.


Over the coming years we will deliver a Masterplan for the creation of dramatic new galleries, learning zones, new public spaces and visitor facilities.

The Science Museum Group Journal

Photograph of the atlas detector during its construction

A new voice in discussions worldwide about science, its history, material culture, communication, and presentation in museums.

Library, Archive and Collections

Babbage Difference Engine Number 1

We have hundreds of thousands of objects in our collection, from aircraft to microchips.


Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist, c 1910

Research is key to interpreting, safeguarding and developing the museum's collections and to understanding our audiences. It underpins all of the Museum's galleries and exhibitions.

Museum History

Construction of the East Block, Science Museum, London, 9 May 1919

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909.


The Director of the Science Museum and the Science Museum Group is Ian Blatchford.

Science Museum Group

We are the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide. Read our Annual Review 2011-12 and find our corporate information here.

Science Museum Advisory Board

The Science Museum Advisory Board advises the Museum Director on the strategic direction of the Museum. Read the biographies of the serving members.

Science Museum Fellows

In 2009, as part of the Museum’s centenary celebrations, we launched the Science Museum Fellows Programme to recognise some of the scientists and individuals who have changed our world through academic research, design, technology and philanthropy.

Sharing expertise

A resource toolkit for museums and science centres with expert tips and practical advice.


Flight gallery tour

If you would like to join us and be part of our ongoing success please search our current vacancies.

Press and Media

Ministry of Information Press Room, 1939

The press office exists to facilitate journalists' enquiries and to help provide access to the wealth of information and knowledge contained within the Museum.

Contact us

We welcome any comments and suggestions which will help us to improve our service.