The Science Museum in London holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including the oldest surviving steam locomotive, the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA.
Part of the National Museum of Science and Industry, the Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and became independent in 1909. Exhibitions have won countless awards for design, innovation and the use of multimedia, and the museum is lots of fun. Originally made up of objects from the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including the oldest surviving steam locomotive (Puffing Billy), the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA, and specs for the first typewriter. And fear not, children are at the centre of the goings on.
The museum is renowned for its 'Science Nights' the "all night extravaganza with a scientific twist". Up to 460 children, aged 7 - 11 are invited to spend an evening filled with science-focused activities, topped off by a sleepover in the galleries. In the morning there is breakfast, more activities and an IMAX film before they are sent on their way.
Countless exhibitions and galleries are centred on getting children engaged. And do check out the museum shop: it has the coolest science-themed gifts.
Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Open every day, 10.00-18.00.
Free entry but charges for special exhibitions may apply.