What's On at the Science Museum


Ten Climate Stories
Opening 8 April, 2011

A new display, Ten Climate Stories, opening at the Science Museum on Friday 8 April, includes the historic Sno-Cat used by Sir Vivian Fuchs in the 1955–8 crossing of Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hillary. This bright orange tracked vehicle was one of four that completed the perilous journey, along a route littered with icy ridges and treacherous crevasses. Showcasing artworks from established and emerging artists including Toaster Project, by Thomas Thwaites, Longplayer, by Jem Finer and Yao Lu's arresting images from the New Landscapes, as well as revealing hidden stories behind some of the museum's best-loved exhibits. Ten Climate Stories is part of the museum's three-year Climate Changing programme – a series of thought-provoking events that accompanies the atmosphere exploring climate science gallery.

Gagarin Anniversary
12 April
Tuesday 12 April marks the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man to travel into space (on 12 April 1961), launching to orbit aboard the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1) spacecraft. His call sign was ‘Kedr’ (Cedar in Russian).To celebrate the anniversary, the Museum will roll out a programme of activities over the Easter period. These include the display of a life-sized portrait of Gagarin in the Exploring Space gallery and the introduction of a new Gagarin drama character, who will perform for visitors near to the Planet Science exhibit. Visitors can enjoy a new show – Russian to Space – that both celebrates Gagarin’s epic journey and tells the fascinating stories of satellites and space stations. The Museum will also host the first public screenings of new space films including First Orbit, by Chris Riley, that recreates Gagarin’s mission and Chosen by Stars, a short biography of Gagarin made by Roscosmos (the Russian Space Agency).

The Time-Eating Clock – a story of invention
18 April – October 2011
The celebrated time-eating Chronophage clock, designed by Dr John Taylor OBE, will go on display at the Science Museum from Monday 18 April, in The Time-Eating Clock – a story of invention.  It will be displayed alongside an original Harrison clock in an installation designed to give insight into the mind of one of today’s most creative and successful inventors.  Walking atop the 1.5 metre golden face is a large kinetic sculpture of a mythical beast. The creature, an integral part of the mechanics of the clock, appears to devour time -the name Chronophage literally means Time-Eater from the Greek: Chronos (Time) and Phago (I eat) The hour is tolled by the sound of a chain clanking into a small wooden coffin concealed in the back of the clock to remind us that our time on earth is limited.

Conrad Shawcross
Opening 12 May, 2011
For the past year Shawcross has been the Science Museum’s artist in residence, peering into the depths of the Museum’s collection and minds of its expert curators to extend his own personal investigations into the construction of certainty and beliefs in science. To celebrate the end of his residency, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, Shawcross is proposing a series of interventions in the Mathematics gallery that questions where mathematics comes from. We are used to being presented with the end result of mathematical thought, but what has now become abstract certainties emerged from very human practices. Over centuries human discovery has been affected by the way we encounter mathematics. Shawcross’s interventions will open up a playful dialogue between mathematics and our instinctive human curiosity to engage with the world around us.

May half-term
Lego Inventors
May 31, June 1&2

Let your imagination soar to new heights and help us build a giant invention inspired by a huge LEGO display. Join us to assemble any invention you like, from computers to cars and space rockets to hot air-balloons. Come and watch as a team of LEGO master builders integrate your creation into a giant invention-themed scene.  This event is free and there's no need to book - just drop in for as long as you like. Plus, budding builders will receive special offers at the LEGO Stores and the chance to win great surprises!
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From Radiophonics to Electronica: A Festival of Electronic Sound
June (dates tbc)
This spring the Science Museum makes a song and dance when it opens the Festival of Sound, a small exhibition that explores how electronics has altered our sound world. It displays for the very first time the amazing Oramics Machine, a unique synthesizer invented in the 1960s by Daphne Oram, who established the BBC Radiophonics Workshop. This extraordinary Heath Robinson device was long thought lost but has, through cooperation with Goldsmiths College, recently been added to the Museum’s collections. It will be shown alongside a fascinating array of electronic music and sound reproduction equipment that is rarely seen in public. The festival showcases objects generated by audience participation, where audience groups will tell the stories they want to tell about this sonic revolution in our lives.  The show also involves collaboration with organisations including contemporary arts organisation Sound and Music alongside Anglia Ruskin University and Goldsmiths College. It is accompanied by public performances, workshops and events.

Stitched Science
25 & 26 June

This 25 & 26 June the Science Museum is hosting Stitched Science - a weekend of knitting and stitching events, in partnership with Stitch London, encouraging experts and novices alike to get involved in a range of workshops, which include helping to create a giant stitched solar system. There'll also be a display of woolly wonders from stitchers around the world as science meets craft to make Stitched Science Specimens.


A Cockroach Tour of the Museum

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum , is a participatory project by art collective Superflex.  Visitors will be invited to take on the form of cockroaches, dressing up in realistic costumes to begin a journey through the Museum, exploring the impact on the climate of scientific and technological developments from the perspective of one of the oldest, most resilient life forms on the planet. The humorous tour will take visitors through the Museum’s Energy Hall, Exploring Space and Making the Modern World galleries before completing their journey in the atmosphere gallery. Superflex is a group of artists and designers whose work aims both to highlight global issues and to suggest and generate alternative ideas and solutions. The Cockroach Tours are every Saturday and Sunday until December 2011. To book a place call: 0870 870 4868.

Launchpad Science Shows

The largest free interactive science gallery in the UK, Launchpad is packed with exhibits which will allow visitors to launch a rocket, turn their head into a sound box and control a magnetic cloud. Catch one of the spectacular science shows performed by Explainers throughout the day.  Ideal for children aged 8-14 years old.

Russian to Space
9 April – 25 April WEEKDAYS ONLY
Ready, steady, go! Head to the Science Museum to collide with the world famous Yuri Gagarin as he unravels what it was like to be the first human into space, or celebrate the journey from satellites to space stations, and all the thrilling steps in between in our new exciting space show!  Ideal for children aged 7 years old and up.

Steam dream
9 April – 25 April WEEKDAYS ONLY
26 April – 27 May WEEKENDS ONLY

Get your gears turning, as we find out how steam makes things move and discover the man who made the steam dream come true. Suitable for children under 7 years old.

Star Struck!
9 April – 25 April EVERY DAY
29 April and 2 May only

Science and art come together in this spectacular workshop. Find out fantastic Solar System facts and help us draw a super-sized star map! Ideal for children aged 5 years and up, there are 50 places available.

Spaced Out Tour
26 April – 27 May (weekends only)
Get ready to explore space. Come and discover the fascinating world of roaring rockets, amazing astronauts and smelly space poo! The event is 35 minutes long and suitable for children aged 5 and above.

For more information about events for all the family over Easter, please visit our website.

James Watt and Our World
Opened 23 March, 2011
The attic workshop of the first hero of the British Industrial Revolution, the engineer James Watt, will be opened up to visitors as part of a new permanent Science Museum exhibition, James Watt and Our World opened on 23 March 2011. Accompanied by a new gallery of previously unseen objects and innovative multimedia, the exhibition will present a vivid portrait of the working life, ingenuity and character of the first engineer to be propelled to international fame and spoken of in the same breath as national heroes like Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare.

Atmosphere: exploring climate science
'Atmosphere: exploring climate science’  has transformed the second floor of the Wellcome Wing in the Museum, making it the destination to explore the science of climate change. 'atmosphere' combines interactive exhibits with objects from the Science Museum’s collection and on loan from around the world. You can find out about the science of the climate system, how climate has changed in the past, and the work that scientists do to improve their understanding of the climate. You can also discover how scientists have predicted future changes to our climate, as well as developments in science and technology to respond to these changes. The gallery is accompanied by a three-year programme of related events in the Science Museum. The gallery is supported by principal sponsors Shell and Siemens, major sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, major funder the Garfield Weston Foundation, and with additional support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Patrons of the Science Museum.

Trash Fashion: Designing out waste
Britain loves high-street fashion. Tempted by rock-bottom prices we’re buying a third more clothing than we did a decade ago. But fast-changing fashions mean over a million tonnes of textile waste end up in landfill each year. This new exhibition investigates how the latest design and technology will help to create wear without waste and what we all can do to reduce the impact of throwaway fashion.

Curator Tours
The Science Museum are now offering a selection of exclusive group tours, hosted by the museums’ own specialist curators. Each tour, which will run for up to an hour, will highlight key objects in the collection and the museum’s expert guide will reveal hidden stories behind objects that have changed our lives. Tours are based on three fascinating subjects to choose from: Space, Medicine and Flight. They can be booked to take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11.00 and 15.00 and cost £7 per person. These tours consist of a talk from one of our expert curators lasting up to 30 minutes, time to explore the galleries at your leisure and the opportunity for questions and answers. Tours can cater for groups from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 20 people.  Tours must be booked at least a month in advance. No bookings can be taken on the day. Please allow 1 hour for the experience.

Visit the website for further details www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/groups
To book a tour for your group please contact 0870 870 4868

Science Museum Live on Tour!
UK Tour:  now extended to 10 May 2011, due to popular demand
Charges apply

The Science Museum takes to the stage for the first time ever with an imaginative and explosive family theatre show which has been touring nationwide since the end of January. Spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments burst onto the stage in this entertaining live show.  Featuring dynamically staged interactive sets with pyrotechnics and digital projections, the action is interspersed with web cam footage from inside the Science Museum as well as exclusive footage of some of the nation’s scientific treasures stored at Wroughton in Wiltshire and Blythe House in Kensington.

Science Museum Lates
Last Wednesday of each month
27 April

Over 18s only
This April the theme of Lates will be centred on Space. For future dates and more details about themes please visit our website – www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/lates

If you'd like to see more than just one film during your visit to the Science Museum IMAX 3D Cinema then make sure you take advantage of our special deal which allows you to watch a second movie for half price!

Hubble 3D at the IMAX 3D Cinema (U)
Charges apply
Journey through distant galaxies and explore the mysteries of the universe on this mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Using incredible 3D technology you can accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history, and experience never-before-seen 3D flights through awe-inspiring Hubble imagery. Narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Wild Ocean 3D at the IMAX 3D Cinema (U)
Charges apply
Wild Ocean 3D is an inspirational, award winning IMAX film exploring the relationship between man and the endangered ocean ecosystem. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa and the KwaZulu-Natal Coast, this spectacular underwater adventure takes viewers on a journey of discovery, seeing how fish have provided a source of food for local people for countless generations.

Deep Sea 3D at the IMAX 3D Cinema (PG)
Charges apply

Deep Sea 3D is an underwater adventure where audiences will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique and colourful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the incredible Giant Pacific Octopus, and witness their remarkable behaviour as they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Hollywood’s hottest stars Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and accompanied by an original score by Danny Elfman.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D at the IMAX 3D Cinema (U)
Charges apply
Fly Me to the Moon 3D is the exciting tale of a brave young housefly Nat and his two best friends, Scooter and IQ, who sneak on board the Apollo 11 spaceship mission to embark on a cosmic adventure.  The film also features an appearance by Buzz Aldrin himself.  Young viewers will be introduced to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united to observe man land on the moon. Fly Me to the Moon 3D creates a truly immersive experience that pulls the audience into the story and encourages questions about the universe.

Legends of Flight at the IMAX 3D Cinema (U)
Charges apply
Take a 3D journey in some of history's most legendary aircraft and discover how legends of the 21st century are made. Journey with chief test pilot, Mike Carriker into the high-stakes world of commercial aircraft design and see how the 787 and A380 are reshaping the future of commercial air travel. The 3D imagery is so real you’ll be looking for your boarding pass!

More 3D experiences:
Fly with the Red Arrows in Fly Zone
Charges apply
Visit the brand new Fly Zone simulator area where you take control in 360° flight simulators or fly with the Red Arrows in our sensational 3D flight simulation theatre. And, don’t forget to visit Fly Café to refuel before taking off again.

Legend of Apollo the ultimate 4D simulation theatre
Charges apply
See, hear, feel and even smell what it would be like to venture into space with a ride in the Science Museum’s extraordinary multi-sensory experience. Visitors can journey deep into the unknown with the Legend of Apollo film and discover what it felt like to be part of the Apollo missions. The experience utilises the latest simulation technologies to place the audience in a truly experiential environment where they not only see, but feel what it was like to be part of this major historical event. The film draws on actual Apollo archival footage, recent satellite imagery of the Moon and exceptional 3D computer animation. 
For all media enquiries, please contact pressoff@sciencemuseum.org.uk or call us on 020 7942 4353.

Visitor Information
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 4868

Notes to Editors

Science Museum

For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England.