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The Garden

An exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers.

Inquisitive children can explore the main areas—construction, water, light and sound. While playing, they can find out about floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, and much more. At the same time, they’ll develop the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions.

Explainers are on hand to help. They are happy to answer questions or join in the games to make sure that everyone gets the most from the gallery.

Visit The Garden in the basement of the museum for non-stop fun. From giant tubes that carry whispers to a flying saucer that radiates light, it’s an ideal place for 3–6-year-olds to discover science through play.

We do not provide waterproof aprons for children at the water play area in The Garden—you are welcome to bring your own.

Opening times

  • 10.00–16.00, term time weekdays
  • 10.00–17.40, weekends and holidays

You no longer need to pre-book a free ticket to visit The Garden, though you do still need to book  museum entry. However, we will honour pre-booked tickets—please arrive at your allotted time and we will grant you access. For further information see our FAQs.

Part of the Science Museum Group