What's on at the Science Museum in 2013


Christmas 2012

Uncover a host of festive activities at the Science Museum this Christmas. From 22 December to 6 January we've got plenty of special events and workshops for all the family, including:

Festive Physics (FREE)
You’ve heard of the magic of Christmas - now discover the science of Christmas in this brand new interactive show. Find out how crackers bang and whether reindeers could really fly. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

Snow and Tell (FREE)
Guarantee snow this Christmas! Join us for this workshop to make and decorate your own snowflakes and find out why no two snowflakes are the same. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

A Star is Born (FREE)
Twinkle, twinkle little star, let’s find out what you are! Join us on a journey of a lifetime of a star, from stellar nurseries to glittering galaxies. This free storytelling session is suitable for ages 7 and under.

Santa vs the Snowman 3D (U) (charges apply)
Duck snowballs, elves and jet-propelled reindeers in this 3D IMAX film. In this hilarious family movie, back by popular demand, Santa takes on a lonely snowman who wants nothing more than to take over Christmas and become the world’s most beloved festive character.

January 2013

The Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s café bar and venue for exploring issues in contemporary science through dialogue, interaction, performance and art. Most events are free and open to anyone aged 18 and over. For booking details visit http://www.danacentre.org.uk. See Winter/Spring programme below; some events in Feb/March are to be confirmed and there may be additions to the programme:

Rich Pickings presents the Sleep Paralysis Project - 10 Jan
Join us for a screening of short films exploring the space between sleeping and waking. Meet the experts to discuss the scientific basis and cultural significance of phenomena such as sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucination.

The Next Big Thing - 15 Jan
What’s going to be the science news story that grips us in the next five years? How will it change our lives? Join us with experts from all over the science world to decide on the next big thing.

Measuring Pain: How Much Does It Hurt? - 16 Jan
Pain is an extremely personal experience. Will we ever be able to quantify it more objectively and accurately than a scale of 1–10? Meet experts who will discuss what their research can tell us.

Antenna Live Science - Listen Up! (FREE) - 16 Jan-18 March
What’s the difference between a bear and a pear? Come and help researchers from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge find out more about how people hear and understand speech. You will play a computer game where you have to decide which of two voices said a word correctly. This will help researchers understand how people hear speech sounds and how this ability changes as we grow older. Will you be able to hear the difference? Make sure you "Listen Up!" and help us find out if children or adults are better listeners.

Vision and Images (Dana Centre) - 22 Jan
Join the London Interdisciplinary Discussion Group to investigate the ways in which people produce, analyse and work with images. Practices of vision and image making will be considered from a range of expert perspectives.

Jaywick Escapes (Dana Centre) - 23 Jan
Jaywick Sands is known as the poorest ward in Britain, but what’s its story? Join us for a screening of the documentary Jaywick Escapes, then discuss the issues raised by the documentary in the context of our rapidly changing world.

Charles Babbage display (FREE) - 24 Jan onwards
Philosopher and Mathematician Charles Babbage, famous for his designs of automatic calculating machines, will be the focus of this new exhibition. The Science Museum, which currently holds his archives and the specifically built Difference Engine No.2 based on Babbage’s design, will be showcasing his recently digitalised collections. The display includes his technical plans, drawings, scribbling books, letters and diplomas.

Bioenergy and the Future (Dana Centre) - 24 Jan
How will we secure the world’s energy needs over the next 20 years? How might bioenergy technologies contribute? Join us for an interactive session to discuss different visions of life in 2030.

Lates - Science of Zombies (FREE) - 30 Jan
This month’s theme is the ‘Science of Zombies’ (part of Zombies: Kill or Cure? - see below). On the last Wednesday of every month the Science Museum keeps its doors open until 22.00, catering especially for adults. More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard, includes something for everyone with live music, interactive exhibits and events such as silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating on offer – all with no kids to queue behind.

February 2013

Zombies: Kill or Cure? (FREE) - 2-3 Feb
'Zombies: Kill or Cure?' is a collection of experiences which explore the science of consciousness in the context of a zombie outbreak. How can we find out what’s going on in the minds of the zombies? What do we need to know to make the decision, kill or cure? It will feature live games and performances, a talks series and other interactive elements across a Lates evening and a weekend, targeted at an 18+ audience.

Pain-Free Funfair (Dana Centre) - 6 Feb
Is your mind strong enough to shut out pain? Do you seek more extreme remedies? Roll up, roll up to our pain-free funfair and experience some of the treatments of the future.

How much of you can be rebuilt? (FREE) - 7 Feb
A new display in the Who Am I? gallery featuring an artificial human body - representing the most advanced medical prosthetics in development and on the market today. The display will look at the work currently being undertaken by scientists and engineers to create spare body parts that fit seamlessly onto the real human body. The story explores our perceptions of human identity in the face of an increasingly bionic future. How much of your body can you replace before you stop being 'you'? Or should the question be - how much of your body do you have to replace before you feel whole again? The display will open on the same day as the transmission of a new Channel 4 programme - 'How to Build a Bionic Man'.

Green Wednesdays (Dana Centre) - 13 Feb
A regular feature of a documentary and expert discussion via Nice and Serious. The Science Museum aims to secure premieres or very recent documentaries so the exact films have yet to be confirmed.

Mend a Broken Heart (FREE) - 27 Feb
(see Jan for detail)

March 2013

Eco Gaming for Climate Week (Dana Centre) - 6 March
Featuring the role of positive reinforcement, the event will explore how play and games can help create behaviour change around environmental issues. The event is being developed in collaboration with Paula Owen, a behaviour change and gaming expert.

International Women’s Day events
It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March and the Science Museum is taking the opportunity to celebrate extraordinary women in science and technology.

High Performance: breaking barriers of technology and society (FREE) - 8-10 March
At this Antenna Live three-day festival the Science Museum hosts guests from Greenpower Educational Trust and Virdity GRT, Cambridge University Eco-Racing and Shell Motorsport demonstrating an electric kit car and the latest World Solar Challenge car.

International Women’s Day lectures (FREE) - 9 & 10 March
On 9 March hear from Major Steph McKenzie, who heads-up the army’s Apache helicopter engineering fleet, and Flt Lt Kirsty Stewart, the first female Red Arrows pilot, talking about their careers. On 10 March, motorsport engineers Leena and Teena Gade will discuss how engineering is applied to take race and rally cars to the limits of performance. Further talks will include astronaut Helen Sharman, Professor Susan Smith of the Diamond Light Source, physicist and science historian Dr Patricia Fara, and an engineer from the Bloodhound project (dates tbc).

Family workshops (FREE)
With the Science Museum’s Learning team, the Invent Event workshop for younger visitors, will run each day from 11-12pm and again from 2-3pm. Children will build and race their own toy race car, learning about the principles of engineering along the way.

Aspirations (Dana Centre) - 12 March
A collaboration with Helene Joffe from University College London. Helene’s work looks at the associations between people’s aspirations for the future, and how these may cross over or be at tension with the impacts climate change will have on the way our individual, social and global lives unfold.

Knock Me Out, Doc (Dana Centre) - 14 March
What goes on when you go under? How safe is general anaesthesia and are there alternatives? Find out first hand what anaesthetists do to make sure we stay alive and pain free.

March (date tbc) Shackleton’s Man Goes South (FREE)
As part of the Climate Changing programme for 2013, a new art installation will open in the atmosphere gallery. Shackleton’s Man Goes South is an ebook work of fiction. The work is inspired by author Tony White’s discovery in the archives of a little-known climate change science fiction story written in 1911 by the atmospheric scientist (and Captain Scott’s surviving meteorologist) George Clarke Simpson for a whimsical shipboard newspaper founded by Sir Ernest Shackleton. From Simpson’s ‘Heroic Age’ imaginings of melting polar ice, to a series of interviews with scientists working at the cutting edge of climate science today, the story uses fiction and the long prose narrative to explore the implications of Simpson’s story – and Shackleton’s legacy - from South Kensington to South Georgia and beyond.

Lates: Security and Surveillance (FREE) - 27 March
(see Jan for detail)

April 2013

Lates: Climate Science (FREE) - 24 April
(see Jan for detail)

Last chance to see: Signs, Symbols, Secrets: An illustrated guide to alchemy (FREE) - closes end of April
The exhibition features 20 rare books and two illustrated manuscripts from the Museum’s Library and Archives collections. In addition, objects from the Wellcome and Chemistry collections will be displayed including a rare alchemical scroll.

May 2013

Lates - LGBT (FREE) - 29 May
(see Jan for detail)

June 2013

Media Space (FREE) - date tbc
Media Space is a collaboration between the National Media Museum (Bradford), and the Science Museum (London) presenting two major exhibitions and a series of free installations in its studio space each year. It will showcase the National Photography Collection from the National Media Museum using this as a starting point to explore, exhibit and discuss works by contemporary artists across a variety of disciplines.

The first exhibition, Revelations: Experiments in Photography, will explore contemporary artists’ responses to scientific photography from 1850 to 1920.

Climate Science Outreach Exhibition (FREE) - opens June / July (date tbc)
A photography exhibition, featuring the work of approximately 80 schools nationwide, will take place in the third and final year of the Science Museum’s Climate Science Outreach project. Schools will be set the challenge of organising science events in their school or community that engage people on the subject of climate science. The exhibition will tour at each of the partner organisations involved in the project - National Railway Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Catalyst and At-Bristol.

Lates: Science of Media (FREE) - 26 June
(see Jan for detail)

Last chance to see: Pain Less: the future of relief (FREE) - closes 30 June.
Would a pain-free world be a good thing or not? Pain relief is a huge area of research and scientists are constantly looking at new ways of how we can manage our pain. Scientists now have new understanding of the link between the brain and the body and are investigating how this can help us to overcome pain in future.

Last chance to see: Codebreaker - Alan Turing’s life and legacy (FREE) - closes 30 June
This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, supported by Google. This biographical exhibition explores Turing’s inspirational story and examines his profound influence on the fields of code-breaking, computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence and biology. The life and legacy of Alan Turing is told using objects (including some which have never been on public display), archival material, interactive exhibits, photographs and quotations.

July 2013

31 July Lates - Science of Speed (FREE)
(see Jan for detail)

Last chance to see: Web Lab (FREE) - Ends July
Web Lab is made of up five experiment installations that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life and aims to inspire the world about the possibilities of the web. Exhibited at the Science Museum, Web Lab is both a physical exhibition at the Museum and an interactive website available everywhere at chromeweblab.com.

Worldwide visitors both on and offline will be able to make music with people across the world, launch information into cyberspace, and see where images on the web live or watch their portrait being drawn in sand by a robot. The exhibition is supported by Google.

August 2013

28 August Lates: Science of Communication (FREE) - 28 August
(see Jan for detail)

September 2013

Month at the Museum - Sept/Oct (date tbc)
A new initiative will be introduced to the Science Museum in 2013 in which a hand-picked resident will be selected to stay at the Museum and embark on a 28-day challenge. The residency will encompass a series of playful, mini challenges involving all the skills that scientists, engineers and designers use routinely - problem-solving, observational skills and evidence gathering. The challenges will have online elements as well as involvement with Museum staff and visitors. Each week during the residency there will be four different themes relating to the Museum’s cultural programme, exhibitions and permanent collections.

Lates: Electroshock and Torture (FREE) - 25 Sept
(see Jan for detail)

October 2013

Lates: Space (FREE) - 30 Oct
(see Jan for detail)

November 2013

Large Hadron Collider [working title] (charges apply) 7 Nov-30 April 2014
Opening in autumn 2013, an exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider will transport visitors to one of the great scientific and engineering endeavours of our time: CERN in Geneva. The Museum is collaborating will designers and theatrical experts to create an experience which immerses visitors in the great intellectual adventure on the planet.

In the Large Hadron Collider (a giant particle collider) scientists and engineers work at the extremes of temperature, vacuum and energy to recreate conditions not seen since just after the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago.

The exhibition will give visitors a close-up look at remarkable examples of CERN engineering, from the bottle of hydrogen gas that feeds the great machine, to its vast dipole magnets. There will be various historic objects on display from the museum's world-leading collections, including JJ Thomson's apparatus which led to the discovery of the electron, and the accelerator Cockcroft and Walton used to first split the atom.

Lates: Large Hadron Collider (FREE) - 27 Nov
(see Jan for detail)

Throughout the year

Science Nights
Science Night is an all-night science extravaganza! Educational and fun for children aged 7-13, this is an evening of activities rounded off with camping in the Science Museum. These renowned science sleepovers enable you to participate in exciting hands-on workshops, watch a breathtaking 3D film in our IMAX Cinema and enjoy a tasty breakfast, all while surrounded by the Science Museum’s amazing exhibits. All staff are specially trained to ensure children enjoy this safe and fun event. Booking required.

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum
Our cockroach tours offer you a chance to put yourself in the shell of a cockroach and explore the museum from a different perspective. The specially crafted tour, created in conjunction with Danish artists group Superflex, run at selected times on the weekend and at our Lates nights on the last Wednesday of each month. Sign up to a tour in 2013.

IMAX CINEMA (charges apply)
See stunning science films in our huge IMAX cinema. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

More 3D experiences:

Fly Zone (charges apply)
Visit the Fly Zone simulator area where you take control in 360° flight simulators or fly with the Red Arrows in our sensational 3D motion 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. The Legend of Apollo has been created with participation from former NASA Apollo astronaut Col. David R. Scott. The film draws on Col. David R. Scott’s own experiences, actual Apollo archival footage, recent satellite imagery of the Moon and exceptional 3D computer animation.

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