London SW7 2DD, England
Science & Nature Museum
Science Museum Description
Ask anyone who grew up in London and they'll tell you that the Science Museum is one of London's best-loved family destinations. It's also the most popular cultural destination for British school groups (beating out all of London's other big museums) and not without reason: The hands on, imaginative, lively galleries include real rocket ships that have been in space, clever exhibits like Icy Bodies where carbon dioxide turns from a solid into a gas, and live science shows (on everything from bubbles to high voltage electricity). There's also a massive IMAX theater, as well as galleries especially designed for the under-5 set.
Babies: Leave the stroller at the hotel and carry your wee one as, even in inclement weather, there are always large crowds outside the palace.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Check out The Garden. Designed for this age group, there are crazy mirrors, puppet shows, and lots of hand's on fun here.
School-Age Kids: The whole museum is paradise for curious learners, but don't miss Launch Pad, which is the most popular gallery. The Pattern Pod is great for 5-8-year-olds (but fun for younger sibs and grown-ups, too!).
- Go when it opens. You'll want to have plenty of time to explore and going when the museum opens is a good way to beat the crowds.
- Check the Web for special events. There's everything from bone talks to temporary exhibits and how best to enjoy them.
- Bring food. This family friendly museum allows food to be eaten in any uncarpeted area of the museum, plus there's an eating area downstairs. If you'd rather buy food, the museum has both a cafe and a family restaurant.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours