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Science Museum  Welcome to the home of human ingenuity.

It’s almost your last chance to see both Illuminating India exhibitions which close on 22 April. •

Take advantage of our 20% discount on selected Illuminating India products while stocks last. Shasti Lowton, curator of ‘Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017’ reviewed one of her favourite pieces from the shop:

‘I love this beautiful print of the Taj Mahal by Helen Messinger Murdoch as it shows a now incredibly rare view of a deserted Taj. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts Messinger accompanied her husband on a trip to India where she produced the most gorgeous series of glass autochromes (glass negative plates) and became the first woman to capture India in colour. •

Now thanks to advancements in printing technology we can produce actual prints from the original plates which sit within the Royal Photographic Society collection. The delicate colours in the print and the striking symmetry of the Taj, now a UNESCO world site and the ultimate monument to everlasting love make this the perfect gift.’

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Today we welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales @clarencehouse and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodi to the museum for a guided tour of Illuminating India: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation.
After their tour they attended a glittering reception in celebration of the Living Bridge between the UK and India as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, organised by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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Today marks the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci!

Da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian artist, engineer, scientist and inventor.

His drawings featured ideas such as a spinning wheel and a flying machine. He dissected human bodies (which he used to produce accurate anatomical drawings), studied the properties of light and water and worked in Milan as an inspector of fortifications, and later in Florence as a military engineer.

He had a wide knowledge and understanding far beyond his times in biology, anatomy, physiology, hydrodynamics, mechanics and aeronautics. His notebooks, written in mirror writing, contain original remarks on all of these.

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Every year on the 14th April in Japan a festival is held to celebrate the ‘Mother of the Sea’.
The festival celebrates British scientist Kathleen-Drew Baker whose research into seaweed helped save the sushi industry.
To mark the day our sister museum @msimanchester has explored the story on their blog. Click the link in our bio to see more.

As we enter the final rounds of Power UP our virtual heroes descend on the Science Museum for one last epic show-down…
Check out this fab illustration from animator Matt Kavanagh inspired by our phenomenally popular gaming event Power UP.
Power UP closes on Sunday 15 April and has now sold out! If you’d like to be the first to know when Power UP returns click the link in our bio.

Fancy working at the Science Museum? We’re currently looking for a new PR Manager, click the link in the bio to apply.

The closing date is Wednesday 25 April.

Today is the last day to check out our Frankenstein Festival 🧟‍♂️

This extra special festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.

Through immersive theatrical events, hands-on activities and experimental storytelling we explore the ethical, scientific and technical questions surrounding whether or not we should create ‘life’. •

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Last year, the Science Museum and Statoil launched the Young Imagineers competition. •

Panelists Steph McGovern, Jil Tully, Lopa Patel and Greg Foot invited young people aged 7-14 years old to design the future and posed the question, what invention would you create to make tomorrow’s world a better place?

Our winner was Finlay, aged 10 from Surrey, who developed a Hover Wheelchair. His invention utilised magnetics to assist wheelchair users when going upstairs and onto trains and buses. •

Finlay’s invention is now on display at the Science Museum, outside of Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.

On this day in 1581, Sir Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard the Golden Hind.

Drake was the first Englishman to successfully sail around the world, setting off from Plymouth in December 1577.

Pictured here is a British Airways poster c. 1960 from the Travel by Train series, depicting holidaymakers on Plymouth Hoe with an apparition of Sir Francis Drake floating in the clouds above.

Today marks the 325th birthday of clockmaker John Harrison.

Harrison is celebrated for inventing the marine chronometer, a device accurate enough to find a ship's longitude at sea.

Pictured here is an oil on canvas of Harrison by Thomas King c. 1767, with the famous chronometer watch-ing over him in the background.

Happy Easter!

While you’re tucking into your easter egg enjoy this tasty poster dating from 1889 from our collection advertising Fry's chocolate creams - delicious!

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Sir Isaac Newton in 1727, the English mathematician and physicist widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time.

Newton's ‘Principia’ formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation that would illuminate our understanding of the world around us.

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