Science Museum London is a great way to spend a day with the family, but anyone who enjoys a good museum and engaging exhibits will have fun here. It is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington near other famous destinations such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. The Science Museum London is an official part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. There are a wide range of exhibits and attractions at the museum that will keep science enthusiasts engaged for hours, or even days if you have the time. From Puffing Billing to the giant IMAX at the Science Museum there is something that is sure to strike the unique interests of just about anyone who walks through the doors.
London Science Museum has an expansive collection of over 300,000 items. They range from early examples of major advances in the field of medicine to the popular Clock of the Long Now. This prototype is one of the most amazing pieces at the museum. The prototype is a proposed mechanical clock that was designed by Danny Hillis to keep time for 10,000 years. The first prototype of the clock began working just in time to ring in the new millennium at the end of 1999. The spectacular and genius creation is designed so that the “century hand” advances once every one hundred years and the cuckoo comes out every 1,000 years. When you look at the complicated design of the prototype on display at the Science Museum London, it is hard to imagine any human being conceiving and then delivering on the design of such a complex project.
But then you see DNA reconstruction by Crick and Watson built in 1953 and you realize that the London Science Museum exhibitions and collection of items represent the work of not one, but rather many geniuses and great thinkers in the fields of science, medicine, and technology.
Puffing Billy is the central part of one of the most popular London Science Museum Exhibitions, the steam engines and trains. It is the oldest steam locomotive in the entire world. Puffing Billy was unbelievably constructed in 1813 and represents a major advancement in the technology that would enable later steam locomotives and other trains. It is not only popular and sought after because of the fact that it is the world’s oldest steam locomotive, but also because it was the first train of its kind to incorporate a number of features such as piston rods that were uniquely connected by rods to a crankshaft. The construction of the steam locomotive was a major advancement for its time and Puffing Billy was serviceable for decades before finally making its way to the Science Museum London.
London Science Museum exhibitions feature a range of topics. For instance, the fourth floor is dedicated to medical research and advancements and is called Glimpses of Medical History. The fifth floor contains another of the most popular London Science Museum exhibitions, the Science and the Art of Medicine. Both floors offer unique insights into key developments in the field of medicine and how they affected the lives of millions of people. More than 2.5 million people walk through the gates of the Science Museum every year, and for good reason. It is an amazing destination and one of London’s finest museums.