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Last updated: 27 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Interactive, innovative and packed with wow-factor exhibits, this vast, seven-floor museum is traditionally seen as the preserve of school groups – but grown-ups overlook this at your peril.

Come here for treasures such as the command module from the Apollo 10 spacecraft, astronaut’s space suits, early computers and thrilling flight simulators. The Flight Gallery, complete with full-size craft from the beginnings of aviation, will make even the most museum-jaded traveller’s heart soar.

The museum is adored by families for its lower floors, which focus entirely on stimulating mini-scientists: the spectacular Wonderlab is spread across seven zones, offering the chance to interact with scientific phenomena, see live science shows and demonstrations and get hands-on with experiments and displays.

Don't miss

The giant, in-tact fossil skeleton of a stegosaurus. You can’t miss it really, it’s in the entrance hall.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest Underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). Entry is free.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week during school holidays. It closes on Mondays and Tuesday during school term time. Visit first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the big groups.

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