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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery–groups

Uncover the hidden tales of mathematics and discover how it has shaped our world. Recommended for KS3 upwards (ages 11+).

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery tells the story of how mathematics has shaped our world, and is at the heart of everything we care about: health, life and death, war and peace, trade, money and more.

On entering the gallery, you will see an aeroplane hanging in the centre—making aircraft safe is just one example of how mathematics plays an important role in our lives.

In the displays you will find people from various walks of life, who have used mathematics for a number of different purposes, be it at work, at home or at play. From salespeople to sailors, gamblers to garden designers, medics to and the military—all of them have interesting stories to tell.

The gallery’s design, by Zaha Hadid Architects, is a wonderful display of the beauty of mathematics. Zaha Hadid studied mathematics and ideas about geometry inspired her work.

Gallery guide

Use our practical guide to help you make the most of this gallery.

It includes a map of the gallery, key objects not to be missed and discussion questions to try out with your group during the visit.


This gallery is open access and you can explore at any time during your visit. We do not allocate specific time slots so you can fit it around other activities that you may have booked.


This page is for educational groups. For general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.

Principal Funders

David and Claudia Harding logo

Principal Sponsor

Major Sponsor

With additional support from:

Adrian and Jacqui Beecroft
Iain and Jane Bratchie
The Keniston-Cooper Charitable Trust
Dr Martin Schoernig
Steve Mobbs and Pauline Thomas

Part of the Science Museum Group