Making the Modern World

Children in the Making the Modern World gallery


Our history is embedded in the objects that we have invented, made and used. The Making the Modern World gallery displays a series of exceptional objects which mark new departures in technology, science and medicine – the events that have framed our world.

The gallery is laid out chronologically from 1750 to 2000 and the displays support key areas of the curriculum though iconic displays including:

  • Stephenson's original Rocket locomotive
  • Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1
  • Crick and Watson's model of DNA
  • the Apollo 10 Command Module.

If you are making planning visit you can learn more about some of the objects in Making of the Modern World with our augmented reality app. TV presenter and science enthusiast James May brings to life the fascinating stories behind exhibits such as Puffing Billy, the Model T Ford, the Rolls Royce Merlin engine and more. Find out more about the app or purchase it from Google Play or the App Store.

suggested 30-60 minutes
Suitable for:
age 5 upwards
Places per session:
not applicable
Pre-booking req'd:
Supervisory ratio:

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