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Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery–groups

Discover how London grew from a bustling capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 and 1800. For KS4 upwards (ages 14+).

Revealing the quest for new ideas, knowledge and practical techniques that preoccupied London during this period of transformation, Science City 1550–1800 unites three extraordinary collections: the Science Museum Group’s scientific instruments, the King George III collection from King’s College London, and objects and artworks lent by the Royal Society.

Together these collections chart the birth of understanding through experimentation and precision measurement as London became a globally important hub of trade, exploration and scientific enquiry.


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.

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Supported by

With additional support from

With special thanks to

The John S Cohen Foundation
Iain and Jane Bratchie

Part of the Science Museum Group