As lock down is slowly lifting in the UK more and more attractions and museums are reopening. Me and Maisie really miss visiting new places and learning about new things! With London’s Science Museum reopening this Wednesday we thought this would be the perfect time to share some of our recommendations of science-y attractions we have visited and loved or hope to visit soon! There are so many interesting and varied places to visit relating to science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK and around the world! Read on for some of our favourites!
Bletchley Park is now open to visit (but you will need to pre-book a timed entry slot). Maisie and I visited a few years ago now and absolutely loved it! The site is quite large and you get to really explore and immerse yourself in the incredible stories of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers!
If you have watched the film the ‘Imitation Game’, you may be familiar with the story of Alan Turing’s Bombe: the machine used by the mathematical genius to crack Germany’s Enigma encoder, enabling Britain to tap Nazi communications.
It is so fascinating to see the place where it all happened and to really appreciate the scale of the Bombe machines, you can even see one in action and witness the whirring and the clunking in person!
Find out more here.
The National Museum of Computing
Right next door to Bletchley Park is The National Musuem of Computing which is re-opening on the 8th September 2020. This is somewhere I desperately want to visit
National Space Centre – Leicester
I visited the National Space Centre in Leister when I was at secondary school.
During the day we were able to attend a talk about growing plants and food in space and how conditions in space craft affect the growth of biological organisms.
Rocket tower was an especially memorable part of the centre, it is home to the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets. You are able to stand underneath a real rocket and it is truly awe inspiring, the tower is 42m in height it can be seen as you enter Leicester.
I really loved my visit and can absolutely say that the trip added to my interest in aerospace engineering and also space in general.
Science and Industry Museum – Manchester
I have heard great things about the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and really want to visit! It’s exhibits explore recent and historic breakthroughs in science and industry.
Highlights include the industrial history of Manchester, featuring a walkthrough Victorian sewer, a gallery of classic transportation and The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), nicknamed the ‘Baby’ computer, which was the world’s first computer to store and run a program.
The museum is now open WED–SUN 10.00–17.00, all visitors are required to book a free ticket in advance.
Find out more here.
Woolsthorpe Manor – Lincolnshire
Wellcome Collection – London
The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library for ‘the incurably curious’ and it is reopening on the 7th October 2020.
Visit to explore the connections between science, medicine, life and art through the various galleries and exhibitions. The Medicine Man exhibition is amazing with all sorts of artifacts and items on display collected by Sir Henry Wellcome an enthusiastic traveller and collector. He amassed well over a million books, paintings and objects from around the world during his lifetime, and the most unique and incredible can be found on display!
Whilst it remains closed, you can still enjoy reading their stories and exploring their collections online, wherever you are.
Find out more here.
What are some of your favourite science, technology, engineering and maths related places to visit around the UK and the world? We would love to add them to our travel bucket list for the future!
Lily & Maisie
2 Sisters In STEM
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