The Garden at the Science Museum Kensington is an interactive gallery created especially for the very youngest visitors to the museum age 3-6 yrs. It is located in the basement, conveniently near a cafe, the loos, and the fantastic theatre that regularly shows live educational science shows.
The museum have split the exhibits and hands-on activities by age : Under 5’s : Ages 5-7 : Ages 8 – 11 : Ages 12-16 and Adults. The subjects are categorised into Art, Energy , Environment, Medicine & Biology, Space and Transport.
The Garden area is for those children (and 99% of them) that like to learn through playing. It makes the gallery an ideal place for 3–6 year olds to discover science by playing in an exciting, multi-sensory environment.
The main areas – construction, water, light and sound – introduce simple yet key scientific principles in a fun way. Inquisitive children are free to explore floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, music, giant building blocks and much more while developing the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions.
As in all their interactive galleries, the Museum’s Explainers are on hand to help – you can’t miss them; they all wear bright red shirts. They are happy to answer questions or join in the games to ensure that everyone gets the most from the gallery.
It’s a great place for tiny babes, the staff are incredibly helpful, and you can even get a cuppa at the cafe just outside the gallery. The kids will not want to leave, so grab a cuppa on the way!
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS : 2013/14
What happens when you take an object from one museum and ask experts from another to write its story? First Time Out takes hidden treasures from 10 museums and puts them on display for the first time.
Until Thursday 01 August 13 : First Time Out
The new novel by author Tony White is premiering exclusively at the Science Museum.
Electronic music is everywhere, from the television that we watch to the music we listen to in clubs and even the ringtones on our mobile phones.
Until Tuesday 31 December 13 : Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music
Pain Less, a new exhibition featured in the Antenna – Science News gallery, investigates the future of pain relief through personal stories, scientific discovery, objects, films and even games.
Until Saturday 31 August 13 : Pain Less: the future of relief
Special exhibition celebrating the work and legacy of Alan Turing, mathematician, pioneer of modern computing and Enigma codebreaker
Until Monday 21 October 13 : Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s life and legacy
An interactive gallery exploring how the web works and bringing the internet to life.
Until Sunday 11 August 13 : Web Lab
Open every day except 24 to 26 December
10.00 to 18.00 (last entry 17.15)
Entry is free, but charges apply for the IMAX cinema, flight simulators and some special exhibitions.