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Stephen Hawking at Work

Explore incredible objects, including some never seen by the public before, from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office in this new, free display.  

A new special display, Stephen Hawking at Work, will give an insight into the working life of the world-renowned theoretical physicist. Come and marvel at the extraordinary contents of Hawking’s office which was acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in May 2021.  

Highlight objects going on display for the first time include a rare copy of Hawking’s PhD thesis, his wheelchair and Hawking’s most treasured office possession—a blackboard filled with academic doodles and jokes. 

Object gallery

Explore some of the objects on display:

Stephen Hawking at Work will go on to tour the Science Museum Group’s museums, opening next at the National Science and Media Museum in April 2023.


Stephen Hawking's office was accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021.

Part of the Science Museum Group