History, art and culture
Dom Bewley

What’s On: IMAX London Science Museum?

South Kensington’s IMAX London Science Museum is immensely popular for its engaging exhibitions spread over multiple levels.

  • Whether you’re interested in how science has evolved through the centuries, or want to take a peek into what our futures may hold
  • It’s one of the best museums in the country.
  • It also has a massive IMAX cinema inside. You know, the insanely huge digital screens that blow away every other cinematic experience at the moment.
  • Renting out an IMAX camera for a production costs an arm and a leg, so you can be sure films captured on one are worth experiencing.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on at the IMAX London Science Museum.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

Get sent into outer space to find another place when you go to see A Beautiful Planet with your eyes. Narrated by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, it’s a breath-taking portrait of Earth from space, courtesy of the crew of the International Space Station. Witness stunning footage of our magnificent planet, and all the less-than-magnificent things we’ve done to it. Because humans are the best, most environmentally conscious co-habitants ever. Yay! Cynicism aside, A Beautiful Planet is a must-see for any self-professed star gazer. It’s the next best thing to leaving Earth’s atmosphere in your own rocket ship. And let’s be honest, you can’t afford to do that. Do this instead. Go on. Do it.

Deep Sea 3D (PG)

Have you ever been to the bottom of the ocean? Yeah? Stop lying you liar, you have not. But now you can, sort of, by going to see Deep Sea at the IMAX. This documentary is drowning in atmosphere, all thanks to Howard Hall, acclaimed director of Into The Deep and Island of the Sharks. We’ve not heard of it either. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Oscar winner Kate Winslett, accompanied by a musical score of the ever-great Danny Elfman, Deep Sea lets you swim with turtles, float with jellyfish, and flail your arms with octopi. All in your mind.

Hubble 3D

Directed by Toni Myers, who also directed A Beautiful Planet, Hubble is a documentary about space shuttles sent to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in space. You’ll also get the chance to explore distant galaxies, walk with astronauts, and see them in action as they attempt one of the most difficult tasks in NASA’s history. You’ll soar past Saturn, float through the Helix Nebula, and shoot across the Andromeda Galaxy. All to the dulcet tones of Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. These IMAX docs do like their Oscar winners, don’t they?

Apollo 11

This one needs no introduction. Arguably the most famous space mission of all time, Apollo 11 focuses on NASA’s mission to the moon. Unlike the other three docs, Apollo 11 has no narration, and instead uses archival footage – much of it unreleased to the public until now – to put you in the craft with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins (very much the Ringo of the moon landing). Helmed by acclaimed director Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11 at the IMAX is the only way to experience one of the most significant moments in human history, all over again.

That’s what’s on at the IMAX in the Science Museum at the moment. Be aware that these listings may well change throughout the year, so do check online before heading out. Whether you want to dive to the deepest depths, or rise up into space, there’s sure to be something that tickles your fancy. Let us know what you saw, and what you thought of it, in the comments below. Until next time, earthlings. Book your tickets at the IMAX through the Science Museum site. And if you're hankering for more things to do in London, we've got you.

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