Discover how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond. Great for KS2 upwards.
Out in the vast darkness of space are billions of stars and planets. Spacecraft pass through, scanning worlds and moons, beaming images and data back to Earth. Here, that data comes to life, projected onto a glowing globe displaying a constantly-changing view.
Imagine leaving Earth behind and taking the first steps into space... What was it like for the first astronauts who touched down on the Moon? What did they wear? What did they eat? How did they get home again?
Students can explore these questions through objects including rockets and satellites, probes and landers, and astronaut food and space nappies. They can also look at broader questions such as what it would take to be an astronaut, or how far we should go in exploring the vastness of the universe.
Return of Soyuz
The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module that safely carried astronauts Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra back from the International Space Station in 2016 is now on permanent display in this gallery.
Don't forget to pop into the adjacent Making the Modern World gallery to see the Apollo 10 Command Module that took astronauts into space on the dress-rehearsal mission for the lunar landings.
This page is for educational groups; for general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.
Other things to see and do
Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery – school info
Ignite curiosity about science and maths through hands-on exhibits and immersive experiences. A must-do for KS2 and KS3.
A Beautiful Planet 3D (U) – school info
Experience life on the International Space Station as you travel into orbit around our home planet.
For KS2 upwards.
Hubble 3D (U) – school info
Find our what it's like to work in space with astronauts on a critical mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
For Year 5 upwards.
Space learning resources
See space-related activities for use in the Museum or in the classroom on our learning resources website.