What’s on at the Science Museum (Half-term 2013)


Half term programme

Special Exhibit

Bionic Man - How much of you can be rebuilt? (FREE)

19 – 21 February (11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00 daily)
Who Am I? gallery
Marvel at a two-metre tall artificial man, constructed entirely from the most sophisticated bionic and prosthetic technology of today, and question some of his creators during this twice-daily event. Created for the Channel 4 documentary, ‘How to Build a Bionic Man’, the humanoid has a distinctly human shape and boasts prosthetic limbs, a functional artificial blood circulatory system as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea.

Family Workshops

Real McCoy; (FREE; ages 7 and under)

11 – 24 February, 11.00-11.20
18 – 22 February, 13.00-13.20* & 15.00-15.20
Opposite Agriculture gallery, 1st floor
Choo! Choo! Next stop America. Hop on board for this story-telling adventure and discover all about the life of Elijah McCoy, an African- American who changed the way trains work forever.
*The 20 February 13.00 showing will be replaced by a 13.30 SIGNtific performance of Real McCoy, Deaf-led with BSL voiceover, suitable for deaf and hearing audiences.

Space in Your Face (FREE; ages 5+)

18 – 22 February, 12.00-12.30, 13.30-14.00 & 15.30-16.00*
Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor
3, 2, 1 blast off! Join us on our journey through Space in this fast paced action packed extravaganza of a show!
*The 20 February 15.30 showing will be a SIGNtific performance of Space in Your Face, Deaf-led with BSL voiceover, suitable for deaf and hearing audiences.

Compute This! (FREE; ages 7 and over)

11 – 24 February, 12.30-13.00 & 14.00-14.30
Opposite Agriculture gallery, 1st floor
Great with gadgets? In this show, we ask you to get switched on as we explore the world of programming and give you the chance to be part of our human computer.

Shows and Performances

Launchpad Science shows (FREE)

18 - 22 February; every half hour from 11.30
16 - 17 February & 23 – 24 February; every hour from 11.00
Find out more about the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer-led Science Shows. Be a volunteer on stage, answer questions and find out more about the world of explosions, rockets, bubbles or forces.

Drama Characters (FREE) - Daily

Watch science icons of the past come to life through our drama performances. Science Museum has a daily programme of drama performances that are suitable for young and old alike, whether you are visiting as an individual, with friends, or as a family.

IMAX Theatre

Fly Me to the Moon 3D

Daily; 11.00am, 45 minutes
Join three curious flies as they sneak on board the Apollo 11 mission for an incredible space journey.

Deep Sea 3D

Daily; 12.10 & 15.40, 40 minutes
Dive into this magical 3D adventure and swim with some of the planet's most colourful creatures.

Sea Rex 3D

Daily; 13.20 & 16.50, 40 minutes
Explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by the larger-than-life creatures which were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth.

Hubble 3D

Daily; 14.30 & 17.50, 50 minutes
Journey through distant galaxies on this mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

Adult events

Dana Centre

How do Surgeons Learn to Operate? (FREE)

20 February; 19.00-21.00
How do surgical trainees learn to operate? How do you know that your surgeon is properly trained? Join surgeons and social scientists for a re-enactment of a real operation, and to explore the issues of surgical education. The Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s café bar and venue for exploring issues in contemporary science through dialogue, interaction, performance and art. Events are open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Ongoing Programme

Signs, Symbols Secrets: An illustrated guide to alchemy

Until April 2013, FREE
The exhibition features twenty 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.

The Voice of the BBC: 90 Years of Public Broadcasting

Until May 2013, FREE
An inspiring exhibition that looks back to the BBC’s first broadcast on 14 November 1922: a moment when radio listening changed from a specialist hobby to a national pastime. This small exhibition explores early radio, from the performer in front of the microphone, through transmission, and finally to listeners across the country. At its heart is part of the ‘2LO’ transmitter. Originally located in Marconi House on the Strand, London, 2LO was the station from which early BBC programmes were transmitted. Before each show the presenter would announce, ‘This is 2LO, London Broadcasting Station calling!’ Though this transmitter was replaced in 1925 it continues to symbolise the excitement and creativity of the early days of broadcasting.

Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s life and legacy

Until May 2013, FREE
An exhibition celebrating 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 will be told using objects (including some which have never been on public display), archival material, interactive exhibits, photographs and quotations.

Web Lab

Until 20 June 2013, FREE
An innovative and unique exhibition that animates the extraordinary workings of the internet to life through a series of interactive Chrome Experiments designed and constructed by Google. Join online visitors to create music together, watch your portrait being drawn by a robot and discover much more at this first-of-its-kind web-based exhibition.

Pain Less exhibition

Until 31 August 2013, FREE
Pain Less is a new exhibition that investigates the future of pain relief and introduces visitors to the latest pain research, through personal stories, scientific discovery, fascinating objects, films and even games. Explore pain through the stories of extraordinary people who deal with it every day – from the patient who suffers with chronic pain in his missing limb, to the man who feels no pain at all.

Oramics to Electronica: Personal histories behind electronic music

Until December 2013, FREE
The ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’, is dedicated to the birth of electronic music and how it has influenced our music world. The exhibition displays the Oramics Machine and rarely seen archive footage. Personal stories will show how electronic sound has advanced, changed and was democratised from the 1950s through to the modern era, and people envisioned new sounds and pushed the boundaries of what was possible.

Climate Changing Stories

Until June 2014, FREE
Climate Changing Stories is an exciting display that combines science, imagination, artefacts and art with different time periods and perspectives to give a long view of our ever-evolving planet. From the climate of 19th century London to science fiction inspired visions of the future, to wind turbines and the almost obsolete incandescent light bulb, the exhibition will take visitors on a fascinating journey through some of the Museum's best-loved galleries to discover objects and stories that reflect the human capacity to adapt to the challenges of our climate changing world.

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum

Every Saturday and Sunday and during Lates each month - FREE.
Visitors take 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 takes visitors through the Museum’s world-class galleries. The Tour was designed by a Danish art group called Superflex, a group of artists and designers whose work highlight global issues and suggests alternative solutions. To book a place call: 0870 870 4868.

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