What's on: Exhibitions & Events on at The Science Museum London


Here is the latest What's on guide for The Science Museum London (www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do). These exhibitions & galleries are ideal to take your students with many offering curriculum links for Key stage 2 through to Key stage 5. We can tailor your tour to your specific requirements. For what Galina can offer you Visit www.schooltours.co.uk for our full range of tours. 

  • Mission to Mercury: BEPI COLOMBO

*Special Exhibition*

Dates: 16 May 2018 - tbc

A fascinating new exhibition on European Space Agency (ESA) first spacecraft to investigate Mercury, Bepi Colombo, was unveiled at the Science Museum in May.

The highlight of the exhibition is the full-sized engineering model of Bepi Colombo which is on loan to the Science Museum from ESA and was developed and built for ESA by Airbus, the mission’s prime industrial contractor. Airbus engineers prepared the model for display at the Science Museum.

  • Superbugs: The Fight for our lives

*Special Exhibition*

Dates: 9 Nov 2017 - Mid-March 2019

The  exhibition evaluates how society is responding to the massive challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the super-bugs.

  • Mathematics: The Winton Gallery


Dates: Open Daily

Uncover the hidden stories of mathematics and unearth how it has moulded our world. Recommended for students aged 12 and over.

Curriculum Links: STEM, Maths, Engineering, History
Key Stage Suitability: KS3 (age 11 to 14), KS4 (age 14 to 16), KS5 (age 16+)

  • The last Tsar: Blood & Revolution

*Special Exhibition*

Dates: 21 Sept 2018 - 24 March 2019

Investigate the remarkable lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to reveal the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

*Immersive Experience*

Using the latest state-of-the-art VR technology, you’ll get a 360° view inside a Soyuz capsule and encounter the thrill of being an astronaut. Tim Peake will be the guide on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that will put the visitor in the pilot's seat of a Soyuz capsule as you retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth.

  • Dream Big: Engineering our World 3D (U)

Dates & times vary

From the Great Wall of China and the world’s highest buildings to underwater robots and solar-powered cars, engineering plays a crucial role in so many of our greatest innovations.

  • Wonderlab: The Equinox Gallery

*Interactive Gallery*

Dates: Open Daily

The Wonderlab gallery has over 50 exhibits & live shows to enjoy. Spread over several zones, there's plenty of opportunity for students to get hands on with experiments.

  • Tomorrow's World


Students can review the newest ideas alongside the opinions of leading scientists, engineers, designers and thinkers at the Tomorrow's World Gallery. The gallery has a range of small displays about topical science stories. The displays are refreshed every few months to reflect the latest innovations.

Curriculum Links: STEM, Science, Working Scientifically, Engineering, Design and Technology
Key Stage Suitability: KS3 (age 11 to 14), KS4 (age 14 to 16), KS5 (age 16+)

  • The Sun: Living with our Star

*Special Exhibition*

Dates: 6 October 2018 - 6 May 2019

The awesome power, beauty and dark side of the Sun is revealed in this exhibition. Spectacular interactive experiences and unique artefacts  explore our relationship with the Sun.

  • Red Arrows 3D - Simulator

Open Daily

With stunning 3D vision and flight simulator technology, students will get to see and feel the experience of flying in the cockpit of a Red Arrows jet  in this incredible flight simulation theatre.

Curriculum Links: Science, Forces and motion
Key Stage Suitability: KS2 (age 7 to 11), KS3 (age 11 to 14), KS4 (age 14 to 16)

  • Information Age


Open Daily

Learn about the science of communication and information networks. There are six themed zones called 'Networks': The Cable, The Exchange, The Broadcast, The Web, The Cell, The Constellation. This gallery is perfect for cross-curricular work, including Science, History and Computing.

Curriculum Links: Physics, Space, Science, Sound, Electricity and magnetism, Computing, Engineering, Design and Technology, History
Key Stage Suitability: KS3 (age 11 to 14), KS4 (age 14 to 16), KS5 (age 16+)

  • Exploring Space


Open Daily

Discover what it was like for the first astronauts to land on the Moon. Explore these questions through objects including rockets and satellites, probes and landers. Students can also find out what it would take to be an astronaut.

Curriculum Links: Science, Space, Engineering
Key Stage Suitability: KS2 (age 7 to 11), KS3 (age 11 to 14), KS4 (age 14 to 16), KS5 (age 16+)

  • The Clockmakers'  Museum


Open Daily

Manufactured by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and once located in the Guildhall The collection includes more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and many fine sundials and examples of hand engraving, mapping the history of innovation in watch and clock making in London from 1600 to the present day.



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  • Statement from ABTA & STF


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    We are dedicated to bringing you the latest news and updates regarding travel. 

    Please find below a joint statement from the STF and ABTA as of March 13th 2020. Our current understanding of the situation regarding school trips is as follows:

    • The government has advised schools that they should not undertake international school trips at this stage. This is due to concerns that the schools would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate. Schools will decide how to act upon this advice. If schools do cancel their trips, normal cancellation terms will apply.
    • Schools should contact either their own general insurers or the Department for Education as they may have some financial cover in place for this scenario. This is one of the areas we are seeking clarity on urgently, so we will update again as soon as we have more info.
    • The Government is not advising schools to stop trips within the UK so schools can proceed as planned if they wish. The Government is advising schools to refresh their risk assessments.Customers wanting to cancel must do so at their own cost, normal cancellation charges apply.


    Written on Friday, 13 March 2020 15:35
  • Brexit FAQ's

    Last edited 30.01.2020


    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

    We will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and pick out what we believe is relevant for you.


    Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020


    Will flights still operate?

    Yes. During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 


    Will my coach journey still operate?

    Coaches will still be able to travel to, from and around EU countries as usual. 


    Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

    Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual. 


    Will we have to show our passports at each border?

    We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

    You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.


    Will I need a new passport?

    Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

    If you are looking to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, you will need your passport to both:

    • have at least 6 months left
    • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

    If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    If you would like to know more take a look at the latest Government advice.


    Will I still be able to use a collective passport?

    Whilst the position as to the validity of collective passports for travel to the EU has not changed, if you are able to arrange for each traveller to have an individual passport which has the requisite validity, this may help to forestall any issues which might arise.


    Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

    No. UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. 


    European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

    The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

    ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, that it is important you take out travel insurance. Our tour price includes comprehensive travel insurance as standard. So, unless you advise us that your school or college has its own travel insurance and you wish to decline our insurance, you will automatically have insurance cover with us.

    For more information on our insurance go to:

    Galina Insurance Policy

    Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance


    Will my tour price change?

    If you have an existing booking with Next Generation Travel group brand:

    We have placed forward contracts for foreign currency so fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

    Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

    As is always our policy at Next Generation Travel we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.


    If you have not yet booked your tour:

    Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.


    What is the law on price changes?

    If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Next Generation Travel, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.


    Will overall prices go up in the future?

    Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuationsHowever, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

    At Next Generation Travel our experienced staff will always provide you with a tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

    Data roaming

    Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020. 


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