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Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts and stunning imagery shed fresh light on humanity's relationship with our closest star in the Science Museum's latest exhibition.

From golden solar religious artefacts from the Nordic Bronze Age (dating back to 1400 BC), to details of upcoming NASA and ESA solar missions, The Sun: Living With Our Star tells the story of humankind’s dependence on, and ever changing understanding of, our star.

Visitors to our latest blockbuster exhibition can bask in sunlight on our indoor beach, virtually try on a range of historic sunglasses in a digital mirror and see the Sun rise in different seasons and locations around the world on a huge illuminated wall display. 

Friday late opening

The exhibition will be open until 22.00 on the following dates:

  • Friday 12 October 2018
  • Friday 19 October 2018
  • Friday 26 October 2018
  • Friday 2 November 2018

Other Future Events

Sun-themed sleepovers for children aged 7–11, running  from December 2018 until April 2019. Take part in hands-on workshops exploring light, interactive science show and a digital gallery trail that puts your science skills to the test—then spend the night among our world-renowned collection.
Book now to make sure you don't miss out on this unique experience

Sun-inspired Family Festivals: 3–4 November 2018 and 2–3 March 2019
Events will include pop-up workshops exploring the science behind the Sun and hands-on interactive workshops for the whole family. Details coming soon.

Sun-themed Lates: Wednesday 28 November
Workshops, talks, hands-on activities, curator tours and performances relating to all things solar will fill the Science Museum for an evening of fun and Sun. Entry is free and most events are drop-in although some require prior booking. Find out more about Lates

Get Involved

We are working with Reading University to conduct research around our understanding of the Sun, solar storms and the effect this could have here on Earth.

Find out more about the project and get involved

Header image: © NASA's Goddard Space Flight CenterSDOS. Wiessinger

Major sponsor

With additional support from

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs