Experiment at The Science Museum

The Science Museum in London has been one of our favourite museums and always made a great outing with our daughters. Papa Joe introduced our Mayhems to the museum when they were 4 and they loved exploring the Pattern Pod and the interactive basement galleries.

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The Pattern Pod on the ground floor

Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. 
Admission: Free Entry  – charge for IMAX cinema, flight simulators and some special exhibitions.
Facilities: 2 main cafes, small outlets, picnic areas, large shop.
Website: The Science Museum

One of our favourite places to visit was the interactive ‘Launchpad Gallery’. It is currently being refurbished and will reopen later in 2016 – but look out for the ‘drop in’ exciting science experiments and shows taking place throughout the galleries.

Papa Joe knows the best places to go as he is a volunteer tour guide in the museum and so here are some of his tips for a stress free visit.

  • Time your visit to the interactive areas carefully.
    • In term time – school groups make the museum very crowded in the middle of the day so go straight to the interactive areas if you are early or after 3 pm when most school groups have left the museum.
    • In holidays and on weekends – arrive early and go straight to the interactive areas.
  • Plan ahead –
    • the website gives details of the free science shows, usually suitable for 8-12 year olds, in the theatre by Launchpad. Times vary from day to day.
    • check for 2 for 1 offers for the IMAX and other exhibitions.
    • Download a map from the science museum website before you go.
  • If you want to bring your own food there are 2 picnic areas, in the basement and on the 1st floor.
  • the shop becomes very crowded at the end of the day, so visit it early on.
  • visit the galleries on the upper floors. These are always quieter.


Toddlers and Young Children – visit ‘The Garden’ and ‘The Pod’

Aim for The Basement and the interactive ‘Garden’ gallery. It has giant lego bricks, soft play equipment, and simple experiments.

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The Pattern Pod in the ground floor Welcome Wing has all sorts of multi sensory experiences to try out.
Our Mayhem loved trying to catch the fish!

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Older Childrenlook out for the science shows and hands on experiments

Until Launchpad reopens these are scattered throughout the galleries, mainly on the first and second floors.

Getting There Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. 
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