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Published July 31st 2012
Geek Chic at the Science Museum
Let's set the scene. It is raining. Again! It's the summer holidays and you are looking for something to raise your spirits and gratify your need for some fun but which doesn't result in you looking like a drowned rat. So why not head indoors to London's science museum? Science not your thing? It will be after a visit to this museum!
Located on exhibition road in South Kensington, with the V&A and National History Museum in close proximity, the science museum is an impressive sight even from outside. Once inside you will immediately be faced with some spectacular sights, as the exhibitions start almost straight away. And another pleasing aspect to the museum is that it is completely free and open later in the summer holidays (10.00 – 19.00), allowing you to while away your day with no pressure and get lost in the many exhibition spaces.
As for the exhibitions themselves, there is something for kids and big kids alike. Celebrating the London 2012 Olympics is of course standard for this London attraction and there are four exhibitions dedicated to a Summer of Sport. Focussing on the link between sport and technology, there are both static and interactive forms of learning including some rather fun salsa sessions to investigate if dancing really is one of the best forms of exercise.
A fun exhibition to get involved in with friends and family Who Am I invites you to find out more about yourself, which includes morphing your face to see how you will look when you are older (worst nightmare?!), discovering what your voice sounds like to a member of the opposite sex and whether you are really acting your age or not. This is a permanent exhibition at the museum and is one of the most popular sections of the museum so do not miss out on all the fun.
Whether its history you want to look at with exhibitions including science in the 18th century or more futuristic subjects such as exploring space, the science museum caters to all minds and encourages fun learning through great visual displays and interactive elements. There is also an IMAX theatre which is currently showing the new and hugely successful Batman film (charges apply for IMAX).
Family-friendly in every way, the science museum offers two main cafes with a couple of smaller ones all offering freshly- prepared food. The gift shop is conveniently placed right in front of the exit, ensuring children will probably get away with having a souvenir or two bought for them.
So if you want to gain some fun knowledge instead of gaining a cold from the rain, then head indoors and lose yourself in the world of science!