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Science Museum (London)
The Science Museum in South Kensington, London, is part of the National
Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is a major London tourist
Originally founded in 1857 as the South Kensington Museum, together with
what is now the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum now holds a
collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items as
Stephenson's Rocket, the first jet engine, Francis Crick's model of DNA,
some of the earliest remaining steam engines, a working example of Charles
Babbage's Difference engine, and the first prototype of the 10,000-year
Clock of the Long Now. It also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits. A
recent addition is the IMAX Theatre showing science and nature documentaries,
some of them in 3-D. Entrance has been free since December 1, 2001.
The museum is adjacent to the Natural History Museum and connected to it by
a public corridor. The closest London Underground station is South Kensington.