Atmosphere: exploring climate science

Gallery details

Second floor
Suggested duration:
30 minutes
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The atmosphere gallery is a fresh and exciting way to make sense of the climate – the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next.

In atmosphere you’ll step into a different world, with its own land, oceans, ice and, above your head, its delicate atmosphere. Follow the five fast games and see your actions played out before your eyes in this immersive and interactive gallery.

Explore our climate-changing world as you travel through the landscape.Go back in time to find key climatic moments in the Earth’s multibillion-year history. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

More than a hands-on gallery, atmosphere reveals some of the key instruments used by today’s scientists, reports on some of the latest climate news, and gives you the chance to dig deeper into the story of our changing climate.

The Science Museum developed the content for this gallery through extensive research and engagement with scientists and experts, including expertise from the Met Office as a principal content contributor.


"A controversial subject has been demystified in an entertaining way."

Janet Street-Porter, Independent on Sunday

"The gallery has begun to answer the big but persistent question of how to make climate science intelligible and interesting."

Richard Black, BBC News

"The Science Museum is the first institution in the world to put an ‘ice core’ on display."

Louise Gray, The Telegraph

Principal Sponsors

Shell Siemens

Major Sponsor

Bank of America clearspace

Major Funder

Garfield Weston

With additional support from

Defra Science Museum Patrons Science Museum Founders Circle

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