Our three-month Summer of Space festival celebrates the history of human space exploration and looks at where future endeavours might take us.
Neil Armstrong became the first human to place his foot on the surface of the Moon on 21 July 1969, following the earlier success of the Apollo 10 dress rehearsal in May in the same year.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of these extraordinary moments, the Museum’s out-of-this-world celebration will reveal the evolution of humanity’s relationship with space through bumper family weekend festivals, thought-provoking evening events and much more.
RETURN OF SOYUZ
After a record-breaking national tour, the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module that safely carried astronauts Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra back from the International Space Station in 2016 is now on permanent display in the Exploring Space gallery.
The spacecraft’s arrival heralds the start of our Summer of Space, three months of space-related activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon missions.
FREE TO SEE
Join us for the Great Exhibition Road Festival—a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington.
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a weekend that brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances—all in the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s vision for the Great Exhibition, 200 years on from when they were born.
Step into the suit of an astronaut, make your own tactile map of The Moon, create curious craters, and discover the incredible story of the Apollo 11 mission.
Find out more about the events the Science Museum is hosting, as well as many more activities from other arts and science institutions on the Great Exhibition Road Festival website.
In July 1969, the first two people took their small steps on the Moon. Now, 50 years later, we’re celebrating their giant leap to the stars.
Join us for a free family festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, featuring hands-on activities led by space scientists and enthusiasts.
The festival is your chance to dress as an astronaut, find out what happened to all the Moon rocks, discover how your body changes in space and much more!
Meet a mouse on a mission—a mission to the Moon!
Find out all about rockets in this wonderful workshop. Make your very own rocket mouse and see how high you can blast them into space.
Dates vary. Find out at the Information Desk
Sessions of 35 minutes start at 11.00
FREE. Drop in
Get ready for touch down in this hands-on workshop.
Create curious craters as you build your own tactile map of The Moon, then see if your lander can make it to the surface as you make your own moon mission.
Dates and times vary, check at the Information Desk
FREE. Drop in
Join us on a journey to the moon in this fast-paced show!
Help us launch a rocket, find out about amazing astronauts, and learn all about the challenges of pooing in space as you discover the incredible story of the moon landings.
Sessions of 30 minutes are at 1.30 and 2.30
Throughout the Summer Holidays
FREE. Drop in