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

Making the Modern World

The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some iconic items that have shaped our society.

Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Stephenson’s Rocket, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model and the first Apple computer.

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.

Visit this exceptional collection to follow the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day.

Please be aware that there is currently no step-free access to the mezzanine level in Making the Modern World. This is due to an ongoing technical fault and we are working hard to rectify the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Read our #MMW curator's tour on Storify to see some of the hidden gems in the gallery.


Barograph Clock by Alexander Cumming acquired with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation)

Art Fund

Making the Modern World

See Stephenson’s Rocket, the Apollo 10 command module and much more
Floor: G
Open: Permanent