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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
May 17, 2013
From journal Family Friendly London
Rotherham, United Kingdom
August 8, 2012
From journal Musuems and Galleries
Auckland, New Zealand
September 14, 2007
From journal Living in London
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 22, 2005
Set in the midst of all this consumption are, to my mind, three of the finest attractions in London. And they’re all free. The entrances to the Natural History, Science, and Victor and Albert (V&A) Museums are spread around Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road in South Kensington (South Kensington Tube). I have explored them all to a greater or lesser degree – alone, I might add, as the Blonde is blind to their appeal – and can heartily recommend devoting a day to them. Quoting my inner child, ‘Dinosaurs and Rockets Rock!’
For the IgoUgo weekend, the target was the Science Museum and, more specifically, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy exhibition. We arrived early, eager not to miss Tom’s nemesis Mutt and Drever receiving justified entry into the Hall of Fame. Sadly, it was only a fleeting visit for the Tomato as his mother is not keen on him sharing his father’s love of museums (he was showing particular interest too, having made a dash for the upper floors with the Blonde in hot pursuit). I was thus unleashed to bore others with my unseemly boyish excitement and woefully inadequate knowledge of science.
The Hitchhiker’s exhibition generated a titter or two if you share Douglas Adams’ decidedly silly sense of humour. Numerous pieces of the set from the recent movie were on display with the information boards only making intermittent attempts to tie in ‘the science bit’. There is a charge for temporary exhibits such as this (and the IMAX cinema performances), and you might question what is a often a fairly steep charge (this exhibit closed on the 18th September 2005).
The rest of the visit was spent in good company, exploring bits and pieces of the Museum’s seven floors of exhibits. If you’re into big machines, then start in the Power Hall on the ground floor. The Making of the Modern World is fascinating too; the exhibits start to look like something you played with at your Grandmother’s house, while the exhibits of early medical equipment evocatively illustrate the speed of change in this field.
I adore the Science Museum, and what’s more, I adore the fact that I spent a couple of hours happily meandering, and there’s still so much to see. Go and set free your inner geek.
From journal The Tomato does London - IgoUgo Get-together 2005
March 23, 2005
From journal Three Weeks in London