During our study abroad in Scotland and Ireland, we had a free weekend. We had three things we wanted to visit: Hampton Court Palace, The London Comic Con, and the Science Museum.
Being a computer science teacher, the Science Museum was definitely a must see for me. We only really had an hour to visit the museum but that was enough to see what I wanted.
The museum is located in South Kensington in London and the entrance is free. Some of the items that are there are the first jet engine and a reconstruction of the Francis Crick’s and James Watson’s model of DNA. We took some time during the first floor and toured the Power exhibit which helps tell the story of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. We also looked as some of the space and flight exhibits.
However, most of our time was spent in the computing section. There they have examples of Napier’s Bones and other computing devices. I was in awe when I came across Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine. The science also has the coolest odd exhibit I’ve ever seen in that they have Charles Babbage’s brain on display.
Here are some pictures of our trip to the Science Museum:
It was truly great to see some of the items, such as Babbage’s Machines fully built after years of reading about them and teaching about them. If you want to learn more I highly recommend The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua.
Many of the great museums of London are publically funded which means they are free to go. They do accept donations which we gladly gave. If you plan a trip to London, plan a museum visit. And we highly recommend the Science Museum.