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Gaming tour at the Science Museum

Follow this gaming trail and go on a journey of exploration and discovery around the Science Museum.

Stop 1: Making the Modern World gallery 

Your trip down gaming memory lane will bring you to the Making the Modern World gallery on Level 0, where you will stumble upon another familiar classic- the Nintendo Game Boy.

Tetris game screen
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Released in 1989 the Game Boy went on to dominate the handheld console market throughout the nineties. Despite being released in black and white it attracted ardent fans with its library of quality games such as Tetris and Super Mario Land, and in 1996 the console was further popularised by the Pokémon fever.

Incredibly, a Game Boy has been to space! In 1993 Russian astronaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov blasted off into space onboard his Soyuz TM-17 rocket with his trusty Game Boy and Tetris game pack. He confessed later that ‘in rare minutes of leisure, I enjoyed playing Game Boy.’

Stop 2: Information Age gallery

Sony Playstation 3
Sony PlayStation 3, on display in the Information Age gallery. Image credit: Science Museum Group Collection

Head up to the Information Age gallery on Level 2 which celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies.

Here you can see the Sony PlayStation 3, which was marketed as not just a games console, but also a home entertainment device. It was the first games console to include a Blu-Ray player as standard, and it enabled users to stream television shows and films.

The PlayStation 3 was first launched in Japan in 2006, but following manufacturing problems the European release was delayed until March 2007.

Stop 3: Engineer Your Future gallery 

With that, we enter the twenty-first century and with it, we enter a world of online gaming and apps. The Science Museum boasts various interactive games throughout its galleries and our next stop on this tour is the Engineer Your Future gallery. 

Rugged Rovers home screen

You can design and test your own all-terrain space rover in Rugged Rovers a game that challenges you to design your very own Mars rover and pits you against your friends and family to see who can travel the furthest across the alien landscape full of jumps, boulders, and slopes.

You can also download the game for free from the App Store or Google Play to play at home now.

Where to eat

Cupcakes at Energy Cafe

Stop off for some well-deserved lunch at the Energy Cafe, where you can treat yourself to one of our homemade cakes and an award-winning coffee.

Try at home

If you can’t make it to the museum this time, take a look at our selection of online games and create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems in My Robot Mission AR, spring your way through thirty obstacle-filled levels in Launchball, or venture into the dark and get the lights back on in Total Darkness.

If you’re a fan of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can create your own Science Museum by adding objects from our collection into the game.

The Science Museum is open every day, 10.00–18.00 (last entry 17.15).  Head to our website to pre-book your free tickets.

Free WiFi is available throughout the museum.