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New year, new look …

You might have noticed that we’re doing some renovation at the museum. This month the agriculture gallery closed to make way for our brand new Medicine gallery, opening in 2019.

Our existing agriculture collection will move to a new gallery along with exciting new acquisitions. Working with cutting-edge researchers, the new gallery will delve into the past, present and...
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01/19/2017 at 17:20. Facebook
Pick up your own copy of Robots: the 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human, available in our online shop for a limited pre-exhibition price of £22.00: [ Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 16:13. Facebook
This #throwbackthursday we’ve found a vintage poster dating from 1923.

Today you can still come to see the ‘Rocket’ of Mr Stephenson in our Making the Modern World Gallery, but why not also see some real space rockets in our Exploring Space gallery too? Both on floor 0.
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01/18/2017 at 13:53. Facebook
As it's #MuseumSelfie day here are some of our team. If you're in the Museum today share a selfie with us!
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01/17/2017 at 16:50. Facebook
Benjamin Franklin was born #onthisday in 1706.

One of the Founding Fathers of the US, Franklin was also a renowned polymath. He invented many objects including the lightning rod and glass harmonica. He also published work across scientific areas including demography, meteorology, and oceanography.

This map of the Gulf Stream was drawn by Franklin in the 1770s. Although he was not the first...
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01/17/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
“Curiosity is the essence of human existence. What’s around the corner? What’s across the ocean? It is our destiny to explore.” – Gene Cernan

We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. The NASA astronaut went into space three times including as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10 in 1969 and as commander of Apollo 17 in 1972, the last Apollo...
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01/16/2017 at 18:30. Facebook
On this #bluemonday who else is looking forward to their summer holiday?

The London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company (LMS) made this poster during the 1930s to promote their train lines across the UK. In this era, ‘staycations’ along the British seaside were much more common and up to 15 million people would head to the coast for a week or two each summer. The company became one of the...
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01/15/2017 at 13:42. Facebook
Happy birthday to our friends the British Museum which first opened its doors to the public #onthisday in 1759!
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01/14/2017 at 13:42. Facebook
Lewis Carroll famously wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. But #didyouknow he was also a distinguished mathematician?

He achieved first class honours in Mathematics from Christ Church, Oxford and went on to become a lecturer at the college, remaining there until his death #onthisday in 1898.

It was there that he wrote his famous literary works...
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01/14/2017 at 10:46. Facebook
Sergei Pavlovich Korolev died #onthisday in 1966.

One of the leading figures in the Soviet Union’s manned lunar programme, he was the mastermind behind the pioneering missions of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite in space among many other record breaking projects. His premature death spelt the end of Russia’s race to reach the moon first.
Korolev famously insisted that the Sputnik- 1...
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There’s less than a month to go before our brand new exhibition #Robots opens!

This blockbuster show will tell the 500 year story of humanoid robots and feature over 100 robots across five different periods and places.

From a 16th century mechanical monk, to Cygan, a 1950s robot with a glamorous past, the exhibition will track the vast history of humanoid robots and ask…what comes next?...
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Happy birthday to Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the father of the soviet space programme, who was born #onthisday 110 years ago.

Known anonymously as the ‘Chief Designer’ during his years at the head of the Soviet’s Union’s manned lunar programme, his work helped propel the Soviet Union into space and push the boundaries of space exploration. He was the mastermind behind the pioneering missions...
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In 1818 the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh, sent a letter to all British consuls stationed overseas asking them to obtain examples of the local standard weights of their city or country and send them to London. It took two years for all the weights to arrive at the Royal Mint in London, where they were housed in this special cabinet with 71 drawers, each holding the standards from...
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#OTD in 1787 William Herschel discovered Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus - this was just six years after discovering the planet itself.

Close-up pictures two centuries later showed that Oberon is about half ice and half rock, with craters peppering its surface. Titania has fault lines running across its surface, hinting at past or present seismic activity.
Happy birthday Stephen Hawking! One of the world’s most eminent scientists, Professor Hawking was born #onthisday in 1942.

He joined us in 2013 to discuss the role that fundamental physics plays in helping us to understand the universe around us.

In conversation with Stephen Hawking

A rare opportunity to hear from one of the world's most eminent scientists on the role of fundamental physics and its place in the understanding of our unive...

In the run up to our #Robots exhibition opening, test your robot-construction skills with Mio The Robot, a little robot you build then programme to perform activities and challenges. Available in our #sciencemuseumshop, both in the museum and online: [ Link ]
Happy birthday to Sir Isaac Newton, who was born #onthisday in 1643. In the calendar which was used at the time he was actually born on Christmas Day, but when the Gregorian calendar was adopted by England, it needed to be adjusted by 11 days, making 4 January Isaac's recognised birthday.
In 1919 the Russian engineer and architect Vladimir Shukhov designed the striking radio tower in #Shabolovka, Moscow, based on an innovative steel-lattice hyperboloid structure. At 150 metres tall, it was completed in 1922 and was the first permanent structure to be built after the Russian revolution. #Shukhov calculated that three of his towers would have been enough to provide constant...
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