Museum of Science, London: our point of view
The first sentence that visitors come across when entering the Museum of Science is: “Welcome to the home of human ingenuity”, surrounded by pictures representing the latest scientific discoveries. From the very beginning the building appears to be very modern and undoubtedly huge.
The latest discoveries about space and the atmosphere – along with spaceship models -, exhibitions, agriculture, culture, cosmos, mathematics, physics, computing and energy are only some of the subjects showcased in the museum. And for the fans of aviation there is an entire floor dedicated to flight, with original planes that can be admired and compared. Not least, there are two 360° plane simulators, which seem to be an unusual, though welcomed, novelty for a museum. At every turn there is an opportunity for visitors, especially young people, to use practical scientific instruments and test their ability on a variety of subjects.
Established in 1857, The Museum of Science is now one of the most esteemed museums in London and the UK.
“From 3 to 4 thousand people come daily to visit the museums during the week, while on Sundays and holidays this number grows up to 10 thousand” says a member of the museum’s staff. What is certain is that the Museum of Science is 5th most visited museum in the UK, with roughly 3 million visitors coming every year, according to ALVA statistics.
“Not everyone comes to the museum knowing what they are going to encounter, whereas others deliberately come to see key things at the museum, such as the DNA model, the ‘Babbage’ (the first mechanical computer), and the means of transport – which are well preserved in the museum” concluded another member of staff.
To sum up, the museum entirely fulfilled our expectations, as it clearly showcased the real and practical results of human ingenuity.