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Exhibitions and Galleries

From iconic galleries like Exploring Space to award-winning newer additions to the museum like Mathematics: The Winton Gallery our galleries make the museum an inspiring place to explore. We also open temporary exhibitions throughout the year covering a range of topics from science and technology to history and photography.

Today (11 December) is International Mountain Day, a UN initiative launched in 2002 to highlight the key role mountains play in biodiversity and livelihoods. Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, explores the mountains of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest through the lens of the stunning images by Sebastião Salgado in the Amazônia exhibition at the Science Museum.

By Dr. Despina Ignatiadou

The Antikythera Hermes

To mark the opening of Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom, Dr Despina Ignatiadou from the National Archaeological Museum Athens discusses the story of Hermes, messenger of the Gods, exploring his significance through the artefacts devoted to him.

As the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) draws to a close Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collections, uncovers how rewilding and reforesting our planet can become our greatest ally against climate change.

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is crucial to the Earth’s climate and biodiversity, but this unique ecosystem faces increasing threats. Our latest exhibition Amazônia, presented by photographer Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award, uncovers the Amazon at this vital moment.

As the Science Museum launches an exhibition about capturing climate-warming carbon dioxide, a new analysis shows investing in ecosystems could help cool the planet in the latter part of this century, but only if we act now. Science Director, Roger Highfield describes the new work, and a method to turn carbon dioxide into greener plastics.

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