- Stop 1: Tim Peake’s Spacecraft
The first stop on our tour is the Exploring Space gallery. After a mind-boggling national tour, attracting 1.3 million visitors, Tim Peake’s Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is now on permanent display in our Exploring Space gallery.
It is the spacecraft that took astronauts Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, and Tim Peake up to the International Space Station in 2015 and then returned them safely to the Earth the following year. If you look closely you can see the scorch marks left from their re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere.
Stop 2: The Garden
After you’ve finished exploring space, head down to the basement and spend some time in The Garden. This exciting and interactive space has been created specifically for children aged 3-6.
While playing, children can explore construction, water, light, and sound. At the same time, they’ll develop the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions. Keep your eyes peeled for our wonderful team of Explainers who are on hand to help.
Stop 3: The Secret Life of the Home
Head along to The Secret Life of the Home gallery and take a closer look at the 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 4: Workshops and science shows
When you visit us, make sure to find out what hands-on workshops we have on that day. From November – January 2020 you can join us on an incredible adventure to find out what happened to Penny the Parrot in The Case of the Missing Parrot.
Solve clues as we travel across the lands and sail the seas in this fun, interactive, storytelling workshop.
Stop 5: Pattern Pod
When you’re finished up in The Secret Life of the Home head upstairs to Pattern Pod. This amazing multi-sensory area for children aged 8 and below encourages children to explore the world by trying to make predictions about events happening around them.
There’s something for grown-ups too. Touch screens give fascinating insights into the science behind the exhibits and the ways in which children play and learn.
If you have some extra time, try out our Legend of Apollo 3D experience. Collect your 3D glasses and enjoy the animated Legend of Apollo 3D film with physical special effects, which may include water, wind, flashing lights, and moving seats. Book tickets online to beat the queues.
Where to eat
Finally, stop off for a well-deserved break at The Basement Cafe, this stop is a great place for families to pop in for light refreshments as it is stocked with coffee, loose-leaf teas, as well as packed lunches and ice cream. Plus, there’s plenty of space to park buggies.
Try at home
Try one of our learning resources to make Rocket Mice at home and investigate the effects of air pressure, air resistance and gravity.
Free WiFi is available throughout the museum.