London Travel

Science Museum, London

I’ve been to the Science Museum in London a couple of times before, but only for a quick look. This time we could spend as many hours as we wanted, as we were on holiday. Hubby likes science museums and we’ve been to MOSI in Manchester (amazing) and Thinktank in Birmingham (poorly made and maintained).

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The Science Museum in London is free, although they ask for donations, and it’s in a very good location, in South Kensington, near V&A and Natural History Museum. It took us a few hours to visit it and it was interesting. I had to make a small selection of pictures, as hubby took a lot of them, as usual.

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This is a piece of the Moon. It looks like a regular rock, but it’s so impressive that it’s from another world.

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This jumper is made from Dolly’s wool, the first clone of an adult animal. It was made in 1998. The design of the jumper is appropriate, isn’t it?

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The dots on the screen where moving as the child moved. We wanted to try it too, but the kids were excited about it and we didn’t want to spoil their fun.

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There are some games in the “Who am I?” section and they are fun to try.

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Here we are in the Flight section. I like airplanes and find them interesting after a visit to RAF Cosford a few years ago.

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The one that I found the most interesting was the section from a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet (in the back).

The Boeing company cut this section for the museum in 1992. The aircraft was used by Japan Airlines for domestic use. It flew for 10 million nautical miles and after its intended life Boeing re-purchased it to conduct fatigue tests. The fatigue tests were simulated and they were the equivalent of 20,000 normal flights with no major issues.

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The metal shell looks quite thin.

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This is a google mapping camera, the one that takes the 360 degrees pictures for the “street view” in google maps.

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This was a TV add that lasted for a minute. It was so long and repetitive, but funny.

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I was writing my name in Morse code.

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The “C” was tricky as it’s so long, with 4 characters, but made it at the first attempt.

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In the basement is “The Secret Life of the Home” section. It’s more interesting that I thought.

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These were once “state of the art” white goods, not so long ago.

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This was one of my favourite things in this section: an apple corer. It was made in early 1900s and it was used in hotels and by caterers. The device was used for removing the core and peeling the apples. It also cuts the apples into spirals. Is very similar to a device I bought a few months ago at BBC Good Food Show.

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Another very useful device, made in 1904. Is a alarm clock that when it rings a catch is released, the spirit lights up and it boils the water. The steam released by the boiling water will open a flap that will tilt the kettle to pour the water on the teabag. In the end, the metal plate will turn off the stove and it will ring again to announce the tea is ready. I think this is something we all need in our lives.

This is the first post in my London series. It will be followed over the next 2 weeks by another 4 posts, one for each attraction we’ve seen.

10 Comment

  1. I haven’t been to the Science Museum since I was a kid. I have now had the horrible realisation that I’m getting old and that was a *very* long time ago, LOL. It’s definitely changed a bit from how I remember 😉

    It looks really cool though – love the plane section and the household gadgets. I must try and squeeze in a visit this summer I think.

    1. The apple device is so funny, it looks like it takes half of the kitchen for something that does only 1 thing. It was funny.

  2. I haven’t been there for 9 years, since I was a PGCE student in fact, as I went there with my class! Must go back as it looks huge fun!x

  3. I LOVE the Science Museum 🙂 I have so many happy memories of going there as a child, too. You look lovely, by the way, I love your dress! x

  4. I would LOVE to go here, my Mr is a big science guy and he would love it, I doubt I’d be able to even move him out of the plane section! Must put this on the to-do list if I ever find myself back in London!

    Sarah 🙂

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