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

Before you arrive: Treasure Hunters app

Turn your entire Science Museum visit into a giant interactive game with our free downloadable app, Treasure Hunters. This app encourages you to look beyond the most popular objects in the gallery and create a completely unique experience, with the chance to learn about objects you might not have noticed otherwise. Everyone can get involved and go head-to-head for badges and treasure.

Download Treasure Hunters for free on iPhone and iPad or Android. Please note that this app is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

Stop 1: The Secret Life of the Home gallery

Start your tour in The Secret Life of the Home gallery and take a closer look at the remarkable development of household appliances.

How do CD players, washing machines and toilets work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery will help you find out, and you can play the world’s first home video game ‘Pong’ too.

Stop 2: Puzzle Zone in Top Secret

Visitors looking at the mirror wall at Top Secret at the Science Museum © Jody Kingzett, Science Museum Group

If you head along to the Wellcome Wing you will come across the entrance to our new must-see free exhibition Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security. This free exhibition explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group’s and GCHQ’s historic collections.

Whilst you’re there don’t miss out on our hands-on interactive puzzle zone that challenges you to become a first-class codebreaker.

Stop 3: Engineer Your Future gallery

When you’re finished in Top Secret, head upstairs to Engineer Your Future. This interactive gallery challenges you to find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Stop 4: Atmosphere gallery

Head down to Atmosphere and step into a virtual world, with its own oceans, land, and atmosphere, and go back in time to discover key moments in the Earth’s multibillion-year climate history. The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of our current climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and how it keeps changing.

Stop 5: Who Am I? gallery

Our last stop on this interactive tour is the Who Am I? gallery. This gallery invites you to explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits.

Bonus stop: Live Science

Can a 3D scan of your body change the world? In our current Live Science experiment, running from 24 October – 31 January, scientists from Imperial University London and UCL need your help to create a large and diverse collection of 3D body scans of the human body.

Using a cutting edge camera system participants will be scanned and then able to see and manipulate their own digital body in 3D.

Please note that this research project is suitable for those 8+ and parental consent will be required for those below 15 years and will only be running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00-16:30, from 24 October 31 January. 

If you have some extra time and want to continue thinking like a scientist head over to Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.

Where to eat: 

The Diner

Finally stop off for some well-deserved lunch at The Diner and feast on an extensive menu of burgers, salads, and desserts.

Try at home:

Continue the fun at home with Total Darkness, a totally free web-based game that can be played on any desktop, smartphone or tablet.

In this game, the power goes out and you have to venture into the dark, explore different locations and meet new characters – creating your own unique adventure as you play. Use your science skills to get the power back on and see if you can discover the real reason behind the sudden darkness covering the whole town.

Total Darkness puts you in control, it’s your choices and decisions that will guide you through the story to discover the cause.

Will you solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Free WiFi is available throughout the museum.