The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
As the home of public engagement with science, the Museum combines an unparalleled collection of historical objects with cutting-edge technology and contemporary science news and debate, to help our visitors make sense of the science that shapes their lives and to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Over 2.7 million visitors enter the Museums doors every year. That includes 380,000 as part of booked school groups, more than to any comparable museum or science centre, and 1.3 million as part of a family visit. The Museum also reaches 60,000 young scientists each year via its educational outreach visits across the UK.