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Top 5 things to see at the Science Museum if you love transport

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

Stop 1: Making the Modern World gallery

Puffing Billy in the Making the Modern World gallery.
Puffing Billy in the Making the Modern World gallery.

The first stop on this transport tour is the Making the Modern World gallery and specifically the wonderful Puffing Billy, the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive.

Dating to 1813-1814, Puffing Billy was built by William Hedley, Jonathan Forster, and Timothy Hackworth, for use at the Wylam Colliery near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Whilst you’re in the gallery take a look around and see how many other forms of transport you can find.

Stop 2: Apollo 10 command module

Apollo 10 command module.

If you keep walking through the Making the Modern World gallery you will find the Apollo 10 command module. In May 1969, this module launched astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan, on a lunar orbital mission as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969.

Stop 3: Information Age gallery 

Google Street View Trike, made by Google, United States, 2009.

Next up is our Information Age gallery on level 2 of the museum. Here you will find a Google Street View Trike made by the United States in 2009.

Streetview trikes are used to collect images from places that cars cannot fit, such as narrow streets, university campuses, and heritage sites. This was the first Google Trike to be used in Europe and has photographed sites including Pompeii, Stonehenge, and Versailles.

Stop 4: Flight gallery

Flight gallery
Gallery view of Flight

It wouldn’t be a transport tour if we didn’t stop at the Flight gallery. Including overhead walkways that allow you to get up close to aeroplanes suspended in the air, this gallery is spectacular.

From human-kind’s earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight.

Stop 5: Driverless: Who is in Control? 

Gallery View of Driverless: Who Is In Control?

When you’re finished up in Flight head down to our free exhibition Driverless: Who is in Control? Through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking objects and even a life-sized model of Boaty McBoatface, Driverless gives you a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the world of tomorrow.

Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface.

Where to eat

Finally stop off at the Energy Cafe for some well-deserved lunch or to treat yourself to one of our homemade cakes and an award-winning coffee.

Cupcakes at Energy Cafe

Try at home

Continue the fun at home with our Rugged Rovers app. This game 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 download the game for free from the App Store or Google Play to play at home now.


The Science Museum re-opens to the public on Wednesday 19 August 2020. Head to our website to read the latest information and to pre-book your free tickets.

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