What’s On: IMAX London Science Museum?

By Dom Bewley

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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The British Museum Vs National Gallery | The London Pass®

by Mia Russell London's Cultural Showdown: British Museum vs. National Gallery Are you ready to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of one of the world's greatest cities? Then look no further than London's world-class museums and galleries! From the British Museum's ancient artifacts to the National Gallery's iconic masterpieces, there's something for everyone in this cultural wonderland. Plus, general admission to both is free! Two of the most famous museums in London are the British Museum and the National Gallery. Both world-renowned institutions have loads on offer, so let's take a closer look at what you can expect from each. The British Museum The British Museum is home to more than 8 million objects from around the world and is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums on the planet. This massive institution is particularly well-known for its collection of ancient artifacts, ranging from Egyptian mummies to ancient Greek statues to Mesopotamian pottery. One of the most famous items in the collection is the Rosetta Stone, which helped scholars decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. But that's just the beginning - there is so much to see here that you could easily spend an entire day (or more!) exploring the exhibits. One of the things that sets the British Museum apart from other museums is the sheer scope of its collection. With objects from every corner of the globe, it is a true celebration of human culture and history. Whether you're interested in ancient Rome or modern-day Japan, there's something here for everyone. Another unique aspect of the British Museum is the way it is organized. Instead of being arranged by region or time, the exhibits are arranged thematically. This means you can explore topics like religion, money, or technology and see how they have been represented in different cultures and periods. It is a fascinating way to think about how human society has evolved. You can wander the galleries at your own pace or enjoy a guided tour led by experts who can provide context and insights into the objects on display. The museum offers free maps to help you navigate and plenty of benches and rest areas if you need a break. The British Museum also has a dedicated children's area if you are visiting with kids. Here, kids can learn about history and culture in a fun, interactive way. Games, puzzles, and activities are designed to engage curious minds and inspire a love of learning. And let us not forget about the amenities! The British Museum has plenty of places to eat and drink, including cafes and restaurants. There is also a gift shop to pick up souvenirs and books about the exhibits. And if you need a break from the crowds, there are plenty of quiet spots where you can relax and take in the beauty of the building itself. The British Museum is a great institution that is well worth a visit. It's a celebration of human culture and history and a testament to the incredible diversity of our planet. The National Gallery If you're a fan of art and culture, visiting the National Gallery in London should be on your bucket list. This world-renowned museum is home to some of the most iconic famous works of art in history, and it's a true feast for the senses. The National Gallery's collection spans more than 700 years, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The focus here is on Western European art, so you will find works by some of the world’s most famous artists, like Van Gogh, Monet, and Leonardo da Vinci. The National Gallery is home to the most extensive collection of paintings by Van Gogh outside of Amsterdam, so if you're a fan of his work, you will not want to miss it. The National Gallery’s collection is also organized by style and theme. This allows you to explore different movements and techniques more effectively. For example, you could explore the Baroque period and see how artists like Caravaggio and Rubens used light and shadow to create dramatic effects. One of the most famous paintings in the National Gallery's collection is undoubtedly ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ by Jan van Eyck. This stunning piece from the 15th century is a masterpiece of realism, with every detail of the room and the figures depicted in the painting meticulously rendered. But that is just one example - there are countless other masterpieces to discover here. The National Gallery offers free guided tours daily, so that's a great option if you're seeking expert guidance. Alternatively, you can meander around the galleries and take in whatever catches your eye. The National Gallery is in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s many famous landmarks. This means there's always plenty of buzz and activity in the area, making it a suitable place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere. The National Gallery has several cafes and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat and a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs and books about the exhibits. There's also a free Wi-Fi network to stay connected while exploring. The National Gallery is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in art and culture. It's a true treasure trove of masterpieces and a testament to the enduring power of human creativity. British Museum vs. National Gallery Ultimately, deciding which museum to visit (or whether to visit both!) will depend on your interests. If you're more interested in history and artifacts, the British Museum is the obvious choice. But if you are more of an art buff, you'll want to spend some time at the National Gallery. You will undoubtedly have a fantastic time regardless of which museum(s) you choose to visit. The British Museum and the National Gallery are world-class institutions offering a unique glimpse into the past and present. Can't decide? That's no problem either, they're in walking distance from one another (or an easy tube ride if you prefer) and both totally free to enter so pick both and enjoy a culture filled day in London - spiffing!
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Where do German visitors like to go in London?

Last year we collated unique responses from our London Pass customers to understand how visitors from different nationalities like to sightsee when they’re in London and which attractions they prefer over others. Our findings make for quite an interesting read; what we found was how different nationalities naturally gravitate to certain attraction types – the Americans like their royals; the French like their art; and the Germans, what do they like? Looking at our continental counterparts from Germany, true to speciality, their love and appreciation of all things well-engineered continues into the realm of sightseeing. As a growing customer base for The London Pass, it was interesting to see the rising numbers of German tourists translate across London’s popular attractions. We discovered that, top of the list, our German London Pass visitors made a bee-line for the Tower Bridge Exhibition – which features the old bascule bridge and Victorian steam room, as well as the high, iron walkway with views over the Thames. “Germans have a great engineering tradition but we never expected this to show itself in their travel decisions: but in London they seem to flock to attractions that are notable for engineering and design,” said Amanda Truman, Director Product Marketing for the London Pass. As well as this feat of late 19th century engineering, our German customers also made up a significant proportion of all visits to The Monument, one of London’s iconic landmarks and Sir Christopher Wren’s dedication to the Great Fire of London of 1666. As the oldest stone column in the world, built 1671-1677, the Monument stands at 202ft high and 202ft away from the origin of the fire at the bakery in Pudding Lane and you can climb its 311 steps to the top for views over central London and the city. Another must-see feat of engineering for our German pass holders is the HMS Belfast for its iconic structure and role in London’s wartime history. Climb aboard and walk through the galleys and decks to discover the only surviving gun ship from WWII and the Korean War. Similarly, head east to Greenwich and visit the Cutty Sark, another of London’s iconic maritime monuments. Saying that, our German customers are somewhat different to their American equivalents, who like to spread their wings and travel further afield when they’re sightseeing. Instead, we found that the Germans London Pass holders like to stay central rather than travel too far out of London (Greenwich isn’t too far away!) They will go far enough out into zone 4, however, for the iconic Wembley Stadium to indulge in some sporting enthusiasm. Did you know that our German customers trumped British, French and Italian visitors combined? Not only this, but they accounted for the highest proportion of London Pass visitors to all three of London’s top football stadiums put together; Wembley, Arsenal and Chelsea FC. Saying that, no one is as sports mad as our Australian pass holders, who as a nation made considerably more visits than any other to the esteemed Lord’s Cricket Ground. Now that’s fanatical!
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