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“Too busy ”
Review of Science Museum

Science Museum
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Ranked #310 of 1,867 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Science Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Visited on a wet bank holiday so it was likely to be very busy but we’d bought tickets for the Wonderlab, in advance. However, when we arrived the queue was about 1.5 hours to get into the Wonderlab and unfortunately we didn’t have that time to waste as we needed to get a train later that day. We asked for a refund and the lady was helpful an pleasant about it. She apologised and said that it was particularly busy and hectic that day. Good customer service. I do think having a timed system for the Wonderlab would cut down on the waiting and provide much better customer service. We had a wander around the rest of the museum, some parts more interesting than others and still lots to show curious children. I would return on a quieter day as we would definitely like to try the Wonderlab.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Like me, my bank call centre security specialist also had his mobile phone stolen from the toilets in the basement. BEWARE! Notices and extra CCTV near by should be actively monitored.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a very wet Easter Monday, expecting long queues and half of London’s kids sheltering from the rain. Despite it being busy it was perfectly brilliant. Having done the amazing pre-booked PowerUp exhibition in the morning we then visited Wonderlab in the afternoon. It has an entrance price but is worth every penny. It wasn’t busy inside, so all the attractions were easily accessible. In all honesty, this is the most inspiring, interactive and fun few hours you can have with kids in London - absolutely loved it and massively regret not buying an annual ticket as we will be back.

Thank Anne T
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

This was one of our trip to London destinations and we were excited about going. On entering the free museum, we were confronted by a till requesting a donation to the museum. No problem I though, as it's free to enter, I'm give a £10 donation, thinking that'll be all I'm need to spend. Don't be fooled by that, as amongst every interesting part of the museum bears an additional cost, which soon adds up. IMAX costs extra, space display is extra, red arrows are extra, as are the 360 degree rides, several other exhibits were extra as well, and certainty not cheap.

It was an interesting museum, and we spent several hours in there, but not as good as we'd thought it'd be.

Thank Peter D
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

So, firstly I’d like to praise the value of the museum. Clearly designed with Kids in mind, I can think of nothing as important as enthusing future generations in Science.

But, this museum misses something in being a bit too static for adults. The descriptions are brief - accessible, but brief.

As a scientist, I feel that the lack of impact statements, or unclear direction, is ultimately disappointing. Science ‘museum’ should be a misnomer - science is a dynamic process - yet this place faithfully creates such a picture: a cold, sparse museum of past wonder.

What was quite unique, for example, was to see the coronal sections of HM’s brain... but no statement of why he was important for the neurosciences.

It seems that the engineering sections seemed to cater more for adults, but the decorations seemed to be the arbitrary, rather than reflecting a quest.

As someone who dearly loves many aspects of Science, I just don’t think this represents what many scientists love; and ultimately, whilst it might interest kids, I can’t see it inspiring them. :(

Thank Benjamin T
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