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Discover the incredible story of our closest star—the Sun—through fun hands-on experiences, unique objects, and stunning imagery in our latest exhibition.

Set at the centre of our solar system, the Sun’s brilliant light shapes our sense of time, our health and our environment. People have tried to harness its power and uncover its secrets since the dawn of civilisation.

From 3,000-year-old artefacts to upcoming space missions and even a nuclear fusion reactor, our new exhibition takes you on a visual, action-packed journey that brings the science of the Sun to life.

Bask in sunlight on an indoor beach, try on historic sunglasses in a digital mirror, and watch the Sun rise around the world on a huge illuminated display as you explore the fascinating story of humankind’s relationship with our closest star.

Kids go free

Kids aged 16 and under get free entry to The Sun: Living With Our Star when accompanied by a full price-paying adult or senior.

Family activities

Visiting The Sun: Living With Our Star with little ones? Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of our special family trail. We’ve designed it to encourage children to use their curiosity, creativity and communication skills to learn more about science, history and the Sun.

Friday late opening

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

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

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


Discover fascinating stories about the Sun on our blog

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