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

Making the Modern World

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 and science – the events that have framed our world.

You’ll find such iconic items as Stephenson's original Rocket locomotive, Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1 and Crick and Watson's DNA model. These objects and many others are laid out in a chronological sequence that, in effect, comprises a cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day.

Alongside this central progression you’ll also find a series of historical studies which act as a comment on each age.

Another sequence of showcases looks at technology in everyday life, from 1750 to the present day. These displays use a large selection of objects drawn from right across the Museum's collections.

A fourth strand of the gallery, along a raised walkway, offers a rich display of models running in step with the main display. Made for a variety of uses, these are, in themselves, historic artefacts of the finest quality.

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

Showcasing collections from 1750 to 2000
Floor: G
Open: Permanent
free