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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Making the modern world

Explore over 250 years of science and technology in our Making the  modern world gallery, through a collection of exceptional objects that mark new departures and discoveries in technology and science.  

Come face-to-face with such iconic items as Stephenson's original Rocket locomotive, Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1 and Crick and Watson's DNA model. You'll also find thought-provoking objects such as penicillin from Fleming’s laboratory, a porcelain bowl salvaged from Hiroshima and a clock that will tell the time for the next 10,000 years.

The gallery also contains a series of historical studies which act as a comment on each age, a showcase of technology in everyday life drawn from the entire spectrum of the Museum’s collections, and a rich display of models running in step with the main display.

Our history is embedded in the objects that we have invented, made and used. Visit Making the Modern World to follow the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day and discover how this history has framed our world.

Accessibility information

Wheelchair accessible Yes - Full Access
Wheelchair access points Centre Block lifts, Wellcome Wing lifts
Nearest standard toilet Centre Block lifts ground floor
Nearest adapted toilet Centre Block lifts ground floor
Access point information Stairs and stairlift to mezzanine level
Low lighting information N/A
Rest stop information Bench in gallery, two benches on mezzanine, more benches near centre block lifts

Accessibility Aids

Large print Yes, but not exclusively
Interactive features Working models on mezzanine level

Making the modern world

Discover how the objects we have invented, made and used have shaped our world
Floor: G
Open: Permanent
free