Science Museum

Location Details


Exhibition Road

Opening Times:

Sunday  1000 - 1800
Monday  1000 - 1800
Tuesday  1000 - 1800
Wednesday  1000 - 1800
Thursday  1000 - 1800
Friday  1000 - 1800
Saturday  1000 - 1800
The museum is closed from 24-26 December

The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as Stephenson's Rocket, Puffing Billy (another early locomotive), the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, a working example of Charles Babbage's Difference engine, and the first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now.

It also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits. A recent addition is the IMAX 3D Cinema showing science and nature documentaries, some of them in 3-D.

Entrance has been free since 1 December 2001.


The Museum map is available on entry to the Museum from the information and ticket desks. The Map provides information about the location of stairs, lifts, ramps, eating areas and toilets. A Museum floor plan is also available on the network of touchscreen terminals located throughout the museum. Museum staff are on hand to give assistance and can also provide help with the lifts for groups of visitors.

To help plan your visit further information can be obtained by telephoning the following numbers (available Mondays to Fridays 9.30am to 5.00pm):

Enquiry Line: +44 (0)20 7942 4446
Educational group visits: +44 (0)20 7942 4777
Minicom line: +44 (0)20 7942 4445

A limited number of adult and child wheelchairs are available. These can be borrowed on the day of the visit by speaking to a member of staff at the information desk adjacent to the main entrance.

Accessible toilets are available on the basement, ground, first, second and third floors in the main building. They are also available on all floors in the Welcome Wing. Please refer to the Museum maps or the touchscreen information terminals for positions.

First Aid Rooms
There are two first aid rooms in the museum, both of which are located on the ground floor. If you require the use of a first aid room please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Induction Loops
Induction loops are located at the main admission desk in the Energy Hall and the IMAX Box Office in the Wellcome Wing, at point of sales in the Science Museum Shop and Waterstone's Bookshop and in the Theatre. There is an infrared system in the IMAX 3D Cinema.

Assistance Dogs
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome throughout the Museum. Water bowls for guide dogs are available on request.

There are four parking spaces available for use by blue badge holders on Exhibition Road outside the Main Entrance to the Science Museum. There are twelve in total on Exhibition Road. These are controlled by the local borough council rather than the Museum and cannot be booked in advance. If no parking spaces are available on arrival, please ask one of the staff at the entrance to the Museum for assistance.

There is a cloakroom located on the Lower ground floor which can be access via the stairway and glass lifts at the front of the building. £1.10 per item or £3.30 for unlimited items.

Places to eat
The Revolution Café is located in the Energy Hall on the ground floor and is a self-service café with moveable seating, some of which have backs and arms.

The Deep Blue Café is located on the ground floor of the Welcome Wing and provides a waiter service. If you have specific dietary requirements, please call the Enquiry Line in advance of your visit so that we can help to cater for your visit (this service is only available at the Deep Blue Café).

If you would like to book a table in either the Revolution Café or the Deep Blue Café please call the Enquiry Line in advance of your visit.

The Eat Drink Shop is located in the basement and provides hot and cold snacks.

Allergy information is provided on food packaging and on menus.

Picnic areas are located in the basement, first floor and second floor.

Disabled visitors receive concessionary pricing on all simulators and an enabler/support person is eligible for free entry.

All simulators are accessed via steps, due to manufacturer design.

Please note that the simulator experience is immersive and can be overwhelming as it contains loud sounds, high visual stimulation and sudden movements. In addition, there are specific restrictions which apply to each simulator, if you require more information please contact the enquiry line.

Floor by Floor Access Guide
The Science Museum is a large building with many floors and stairs. Please see the "accessibility information" tab on the galleries pages.

This is a picture of the Science Museum entrance on Exhibition Road.

Access Symbols Explained:

  • Facilities for partially sighted or blind people We provide facilities for people who are visually impaired. For example: Braille formats, large print, audio tapes etc.
  • Assistance dogs welcome Assistance dogs are welcome in our premises.
  • Assisted wheelchair access Wheelchair access into our premises is possible with assistance.
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Customer toilet facilities We provide customer toilets.
  • Accessible toilets We have fully accessible toilets installed at our premises.
  • Facilities for hard of hearing people We offer facilities for hard of hearing people.
  • Induction loop available An induction loop has been installed to benefit our hard of hearing customers.
  • Customer parking facilities We provide customer car parking.
  • Accessible car parking We provide accessible car parking spaces for disabled customers.
  • Intercom outside of the premises An intercom is available at the entrance providing communication with our staff.
  • Staff assistance available Our staff have been trained to offer excellent service levels, please ask if you have any particular requirements.
  • Low Payment Counters including clipboards, dropdown counters, lap trays and portable chip & pin Low payment counters or an alternative such as portable chip and pin machine, a lap tray or a clipboard.
  • Customer lift provided A customer lift has been provided.
  • Accessible lift provided An accessible customer lift has been installed, improving access for wheelchair users.
  • Parent with pushchair access Our premises are accessible to parents with a pushchair or pram.
  • Baby changing facilities We provide baby changing facilities.
  • Accessible baby changing facilities Accessible baby changing facilities are available.
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