Located beside the Natural History Museum this vast museum, covering seven floors, is devoted to science and technology. Much to much to see in one visit, but now it's free so you can do a bit at a time.
The museum makes the most of Britain's pioneering industrial heritage and has a magnificent collection of machines and hardware.
Exhibits include steam engines, aircraft, spacecraft and the earliest and latest computers.
Emphasis is also given to the social context of science; the process of discovery and the effects discoveries and inventions have on daily life. Throughout the museum interactive displays invite visitors to take part themselves. There also are daily tours and fascinating shows.
The ground floor is dominated by huge machines including locomotives, steam engines and cars. There are also displays on fire-fighting and space exploration.
On the first floor there are exhibitions on telecommunications, gas and food, iron and steel.
The various galleries on the second floor include nuclear power, printing and computing.
On the third floor is the new Flight Gallery, along with exhibitions on photography, optics and electricity. The smaller fourth and fifth floors are the medical galleries and feature full-scale reconstructions.
The new Wellcome Wing opened in 2000. A huge extension to the museum, with four floors of exhibition space presenting the cutting edge of contemporary science, medicine and technology.We think the museum is worth a trip just to see this wing.
The Launch Pad area in the basement has push-button exhibits enabling youngsters to solve scientific problems at first hand. The wing also contains a new IMAX cinema.
The 'Making the Modern World', a new permanent gallery, uses displays from existing collections to link the old and new parts of the museum.
Admission free- charge for IMAX and some special temporary exhibitions.