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Cosmos & Culture

The Cosmos and Culture gallery is now permanently closed

From the Stone Age to the Space Age, find out how people around the world have studied the night sky.

Discover how different instruments work, find out about the people who made them, and examine models, illustrations and photographs.

Visit Cosmos & Culture to explore how astronomy has changed the way we see our universe and ourselves.

This exhibition is supported by the Patrons of the Science Museum with additional support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, STFC.

See more pictures of the exhibits on Flickr and get behind the scenes with videos on our YouTube channel.

Introduction to the Exhibition

Curator Alison Boyle introduces the exhibition 'Cosmos & Culture: how astronomy has shaped our world' and explains the themes explored in the exhibition.

Accessibility aids

The following large print gallery booklets are available in PDF format for this gallery:

Exploring the cosmos
Our place in the cosmos
The cosmos and us

Cosmos & Culture

Find out how people have studied the night sky GALLERY CLOSED
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