What’s on at the Science Museum (Easter 2013)

22/03/2013

Current

Bionic Man – How much of you can be rebuilt? (FREE)
Until 30 April
Who Am I? gallery
Marvel at a two-metre tall artificial man, constructed entirely from the most sophisticated bionic and prosthetic technology of today. 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.

Live Science event - Listen Up! (FREE)
Until 30 March (every Wed, Thurs & Sat; 11.00-14.00 & 15.00-17.00)
Who Am I? gallery
Spend 15 minutes playing a computer game to 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 decide which of two voices pronounces a word correctly to help researchers understand how people hear speech how this ability changes as we grow older.

Hidden Structures; 100 Years of X-ray Crystallography (FREE)
Until Dec 2013
2nd floor
Since its invention a century ago, X-ray crystallography has helped us solve some of the most difficult questions about the nature of life. Hidden Structures is a free display that celebrates this centenary by showcasing molecular models from X-ray crystallography's golden age, including DNA and haemoglobin, telling the stories behind them. Hidden Structures also discusses the complex role of women in molecular biology and displays key models by Kathleen Lonsdale and Dorothy Hodgkin.

Family Invent workshops (FREE)
24 March (Drop-in sessions from 15.00 – 15.45)
Agriculture gallery, 1st floor
Join one of our four Invent Event workshops in March. Specifically designed for our younger visitors, children will build and race their own toy race cars and learn about the principles of engineering along the way.

Lates – Surveillance and Crime (FREE)
27 March
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 live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

Introducing Arduino (£30, includes the cost of a take-home starter kit)
27 March; ticketed workshop session from 18.30 – 20.30
(Ages 18+)
Get a hands-on introduction to Arduino, an open-source platform for designers, artists and hobbyists during this two-hour workshop of simple programming and electronics. No previous experience necessary. Tickets cost £30 and cover the cost of the Arduino starter kit, which you can take away to use again after the workshop. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Science Museum bookings office on 0870 870 4868 and attendees must bring their own laptop to the event.

Easter programme

EXPERIMENTS

Live Science – Would I risk it?
2 Apr - 25 Apr* (Every Wed, Thurs & Sat; 11.00-14.00 & 15.00-17.00)
Who Am I? gallery; 1st floor
Come and play, and ask yourself... ‘Am I a risk-taker?’ Risk is part of our daily lives - we constantly make decisions about whether we should take a risk or not. Play a computer game to help researchers from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College of London discover why some age groups are more likely to take risks than others. Live Science gives visitors the opportunity to experience science for themselves as participants in real research experiments. Contributors engage and work with research teams to discover how their work informs our perceptions of identity.
*This event will not be running on 9 April

DISPLAYS
9 Apr* - end of Jun
Antenna gallery; ground floor
Be among the first to examine Nano-Cellulose, a versatile and innovative recycled material derived from waste wood pulp. Highly adaptable and strong as steel, explore some of the ways that the purified and lightweight substance might become an invaluable material in the future.
*Dates subject to change

See a brand new type of compact particle accelerator. Shiny and spherical, the ‘ONIAC’ could make us rethink what particle accelerators are used for, including rejuvenating the difficult process of creating and distributing crucial medical isotopes.
*Dates subject to change

FAMILY WORKSHOPS
29 March - 14 Apr

Up, Up and Away! (FREE)
(Ages 7 and under)
Weekdays: 11.30, 13.30* & 14.30
Weekends: 11.30
Flight gallery, 3rd floor – 20 mins duration
Join us on this high flying adventure through the clouds in this fun interactive storytelling suitable for under sevens.*There will be no 13.30 performance on  29 March and 1 April

Compute This! (FREE)
(Ages 7+)
Weekdays: 13.00* & 15.00*
Weekends: 15.00*
1st floor, opposite Agriculture – 30 mins duration
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.
*The 13:00 and 16:00 performances on 6 April and 11 April will be replaced by Deaf-led events suitable for deaf and hearing family audiences.

Wireless Workshop (FREE)
(Ages 7+)
Weekdays: 12.00, 14.00* & 16.00
1st floor, opposite Agriculture – 30 mins duration
Discover how to connect an electric circuit using paint instead of wires. Succeed and take it home, as part of a light up pencil case with unique design based on one of the Science Museum’s iconic objects
*There will be no 16.00  performance on  29 March and 1 April

Space in Your Face (FREE)
(Ages 5+)
Weekends*: 13.00
Ground floor, lecture theatre – 30 mins duration
3, 2, 1 blast off!  Join us on our journey through Space in this fast paced action packed extravaganza of a show.
*This will not be performed on 6 April

April

Live Science – Would I risk it?
2 Apr - 25 Apr* (Every Wed, Thurs & Sat; 11.00-14.00 & 15.00-17.00)
Who Am I? gallery; 1st floor
Come and play, and ask yourself... ‘Am I a risk-taker?’ Risk is part of our daily lives - we constantly make decisions about whether we should take a risk or not. Play a computer game to help researchers from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College of London discover why some age groups are more likely to take risks than others. Live Science gives visitors the opportunity to experience science for themselves as participants in real research experiments. Contributors engage and work with research teams to discover how their work informs our perceptions of identity.
*This event will not be running on 9 April

Contemporary Science Topic Zone displays
9 Apr* - end of Jun
Antenna gallery; ground floor
Be among the first to examine Nano-Cellulose, a versatile and innovative recycled material derived from waste wood pulp. Highly adaptable and strong as steel, explore some of the ways that the purified and lightweight substance might become an invaluable material in the future.
*Dates subject to change

See a brand new type of compact particle accelerator. Shiny and spherical, the ‘ONIAC’ could make us rethink what particle accelerators are used for, including rejuvenating the difficult process of creating and distributing crucial medical isotopes.
*Dates subject to change

Lates – Climate Science (FREE)
24 Apr
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

Introducing Arduino (£30, includes the cost of a take-home starter kit)
24 Apr
(Ages 18+)
Ticketed workshop session from 18.30 – 20.30
Get a hands-on introduction to Arduino, an open-source platform for designers, artists and hobbyists during this two-hour workshop of simple programming and electronics. No previous experience necessary. Tickets cost £30 and cover the cost of the Arduino starter kit, which you can take away to use again after the workshop. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Science Museum bookings office on 0870 870 4868 and attendees must bring their own laptop to the event.

Shackleton’s Man Goes South (FREE)
25 Apr - Apr 2014
atmosphere gallery
Download Shackleton’s Man Goes South, a new novel by acclaimed author Tony White, and take a journey on zeppelins over South Kensington and ride with boat people in the South Atlantic. Published exclusively by the Science Museum, the novel has been inspired by a little known science fiction story about 'climate change' written in 1911 by polar explorer and meteorologist George Clarke Simpson. It will be available for free download for a year from the atmosphere gallery and from the Science Museum’s website from 25 April 2013 for a period of three months. A signed and numbered, limited edition print run of the novel will be available exclusively from the Science Museum shop. 

A display in the atmosphere gallery will chart the scientific and literary inspiration behind White’s novel and incorporate a touch-screen from which visitors will be able to email themselves the free ebook.

The novel is part of a five-year programme of contemporary art commissions at the Science Museum to explore the subject of climate.

May

Brain Mapping display (FREE)
1 May – 29 Sept 
Who Am I? gallery; 1st floor
The Who am I? display explores the implications of the Brain Activity Map, a new US-led brain mapping project championed by the Obama administration. What will it mean for our understanding of the most complex structure known to man? This project aims to examine the working of the human brain on an unprecedented level, building a comprehensive map of cellular connectivity across the brain’s billions of neurons.

Lates – LGBT (FREE)
29 May 
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

Introducing Arduino (£30, includes the cost of a take-home starter kit)
29 May (Ages 18+)
Ticketed workshop session from 18.30 – 20.30
Get a hands-on introduction to Arduino, an open-source platform for designers, artists and hobbyists during this two-hour workshop of simple programming and electronics. No previous experience necessary. Tickets cost £30 and cover the cost of the Arduino starter kit, which you can take away to use again after the workshop. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Science Museum bookings office on 0870 870 4868 and attendees must bring their own laptop to the event.

June

Medical Research Council Centenary Festival {working title} (FREE)
15 Jun -16 Jun
1st floor
Explore the ways in which cutting edge medical research continues to expand length and quality of life. Take an exploratory journey from pre-birth to old age through demonstrations, experiments and displays.

Lates – Comedy (FREE)
26 June 
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

July

Lates – Speed (FREE)
31 July 
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

August

Lates – Media Space (tbc) (FREE)
28 Aug 
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

September

Media Space (FREE gallery although some temporary exhibitions will be charged)
(date tbc) 
2nd floor
Opening in September 2013, Media Space will showcase the National Photography Collection held by the National Media Museum through a series of major exhibitions. A collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum, Media Space will also invite photographers, artists and the creative industries to respond to the wider collections of the Science Museum Group to explore visual media, technology and science.

The first major exhibition at Media Space will feature work by Tony Ray-Jones. Drawing from the Tony Ray-Jones archive, held at the National Media Museum, the exhibition is curated by Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum, alongside photographer Martin Parr. The inaugural installation in the Virgin Media Studio will be by digital art/design collective Universal Everything. Further information will be released in Spring 2013.


Lates – Psychology (tbc) (FREE)
25 Sept
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

October

Lates – Space (FREE)
30 Oct 
More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

November

Large Hadron Collider [working title] (charges apply)
12 Nov – 30 Apr 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 – RobotSafari (FREE)
27 Nov 
The night’s events will be part of a wider festival marking European Robotics week (noted below). More than just science, Science Museum Lates, in partnership with MasterCard includes live music, a silent disco, pub quiz and speed dating – all with no kids to queue behind!

RobotSafari (FREE)
29 Nov – 1 Dec 
The Science Museum will be marking European Robotics week through a display of biomimetic research robots from across Europe. Additional details tbc.

Ongoing Programme

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 30 June 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.

Launchpad gallery (FREE)

The Launchpad gallery is the Science Museum’s hands-on interactive gallery for 8-14 year olds.
The gallery is packed with over 50 interactive exhibits, plus electrifying shows and lively demonstrations which bring to life the world of physics.

Launchpad Science Shows

These are daily, interactive science shows aimed at children and families – performed in the Launchpad gallery. Visitors can find out about the exciting principles of science, be a volunteer in experiments, answer questions and find out about the world of explosions, bubbles or forces.

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

This interactive show features bubbles of all sizes and visitors can discover the secret Science Museum bubble recipe and even get a chance to step inside our famous human bubble!

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.

IMAX CINEMA (charges apply)

See stunning science films in our huge 3D IMAX cinema. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

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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