Families with children are cheering all over London now that The Science Museum is reopening. Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to now that the museum has finally opened its doors again:
Highlights after the Science Museum reopening
- The Science Museum reopens to the public on 19 May, showcasing the empty vials used for the first worldwide COVID-19 mass vaccinations and other significant items collected during the pandemic;
- NEW exhibition announced today exploring the global effort to develop vaccines at pandemic speed which will open simultaneously in the UK, India and China in 2022;
- NEW events announced, featuring Emily Lawson, Sir Patrick Vallance, Prof Chris Whitty and more, complementing the museum’s role throughout the pandemic, including hosting an NHS vaccination centre;
- IMAX: The Ronson Theatre reopens again after a ten-month refurbishment with sustainability at its heart, featuring a programme including BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D;
- Family favourite Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery reopens, whilst popular sleepover Astronights and CoderDojo events return for the summer;
- New temporary exhibitions for reopening include Brass, Steel and Fire and Our Future Planet;
- Free family activities across the summer will be climate-themed and complemented by new learning resources available online;
Free, timed tickets are available to book at: sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/welcome-back
Museum opening times remain Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00-18.00
Family favourite Wonderlab is back
One of the most engaging and interactive galleries for kids in London Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery will be open to ignite the curiosity of younger visitors, with enhanced cleaning and safety measures.
A big focus on the climate
Our Future Planet 19 May 2021 – 4 September 2022, Free exhibition
The first significant UK exhibition to be presented on the subject of carbon capture and storage, Our Future Planet will explore the latest techniques being developed for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – a small but significant part in the fight against climate change. Visitors will discover a range of approaches to removing carbon: from nature-based solutions such as the protection of ancient forests and preserving our peat bogs or planting native trees, to chemical and mechanical processes – many of which are not yet proven at scale – that might help to further reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
Enjoy the amazing Antarctica 3D movie
IMAX: The Ronson Theatre Reopening 19 May 2021, Ticketed cinema
The Science Museum’s newly revamped IMAX cinema is now one of only two screens in Europe to feature the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen, allowing visitors to enjoy newly-released blockbusters, 3D educational films and cinema classics as well as an array of live events, all at the home of science and technology. Families can enjoy BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch; A Beautiful Planet 3D, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence; and Hubble 3D, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, all in immersive IMAX with Laser in 3D.
Explore the world of model making
Brass, Steel and Fire 19 May 2021 – 30 August 2021, Free exhibition
Following a critically-acclaimed run at the National Railway Museum, Brass, Steel and Fire explores a century of model making, and tells the story of the lacemakers, locomotive drivers and engineers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables. The exhibition features several of the oldest model locomotives in the world and provides visitors with a glimpse of the skill, passion and joy found in making the world in miniature.
Events at the Science Museum
The museum reopening sees the return of beloved events for all the family. For younger visitors, Astronights, our sleepover for children, and CoderDojo workshops are now available to book for the summer. The Science Museum continues to host its series of online events that have proved so popular throughout the pandemic.
Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries opened to critical acclaim in November 2019 and have completely transformed the first floor of the Science Museum, creating a magnificent new home for the most significant medical collections in the world, which now includes objects from our COVID-19 collecting project. A series of fascinating public events will be streamed online to explore the topics raised by the galleries. Events announced today explore the incredible endeavour undertaken by medical scientists to develop and deploy multiple COVID-19 vaccinations in less than a year, featuring speakers including Kate Bingham, Prof Sarah Gilbert, Emily Lawson, Sir Patrick Vallance, Prof Chris Whitty, and more.
Since January 2021, event series Climate Talks has led public engagement around climate science within the cultural sector. Streamed online, the series brings together a diverse, distinguished line up of international speakers. Climate Talks will continue to run in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
Global Exhibition: The hunt for the vaccine
Announced today are plans for a major new project for 2022 exploring the history and science behind the massive COVID-19 vaccination programme which, in a first for the Science Museum Group, will open in three international venues simultaneously. Hunt for the Vaccine (working title) is an innovative, collaborative international project that will tell the story of the global effort to find new ways to develop vaccines at pandemic speed.
The Science Museum Group, in collaboration with Wellcome, have partnered with the National Council of Science Museums India, and the Guangdong Science Centre and its network in China to highlight this global issue through a series of exhibitions and events, to take place simultaneously in the UK, India and China. The exhibitions are due to open in all regions in November 2022, followed by a national tour to multiple venues until late 2025.
Building on the recent success of international tours such as Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, the content of the exhibition will be developed collaboratively with all regions, with engaging and informative content relevant to local audiences which will explore the current work being undertaken to hunt for a vaccine for COVID-19 and other diseases.
As well as unpacking the background medical science and how innovative research has adapted to this new challenge, the exhibition will explore the sheer logistical challenges behind this massive programme.
The Science Museum will be the first UK venue to host the free exhibition, followed by the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester in 2023. The exhibition will then tour to a final UK venue in 2024.
In China, the Guangdong Science Centre will be the first venue to host the exhibition, and in India, the first venue will be in the capital Delhi. Both China and India are anticipating a tour to four further venues nationally.
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