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The Science Museum Basement – where science comes alive!

When I was a little girl my mother and I used to buy a ‘Red Rover’ ticket for the buses and go to the children’s gallery at the Science Museum in South Kensington.

I loved turning the handle to make the water rise up on the model of the Archimedes Screw but my favourite activity was going through the automatic door.science museum automatic doorWell the children’s gallery and model are long gone but the automatic door is still there and functioning and all the Mayhems are still fascinated by it!

In place of the children’s gallery you will now find ‘The Garden’, an interactive gallery for young children, and ‘The Secret Life of The Home’ gallery in ‘The Basement’.

There is also a small cafe, toilets and a family room here as well as a large picnic area. The picnic area is also used by school groups so our tip is to try to visit early in the morning or after 2.30pm when most school groups are leaving.

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

The ‘Secret Life of The Home’ is a history of every day household objects and where you will still find the automatic doors. As you walk around you will hear people saying “I used to have one of those”

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‘The Garden’ is a great interactive area especially designed for toddlers and young children. The hands on exhibits are great fun and all the children have a good time exploring. It is well thought out and aprons are even provided for the water activities. There are ‘Explainers’  on hand to help out with the activities.

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