The Science Museum is the pride of the capital and one of the most loved places of both Londoners and tourists. One can wander among the amazing exhibits for hours. A lot of interesting things can be told not only by display cases, but also by the history of the museum. There are several unusual facts that you are unlikely to hear from the guide.
1. It was part of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
After the World Exhibition in 1851, several exhibits were placed in the new museum - the Museum of South Kensington, which now is called the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was focused on art and science, although some of the scientific exhibits in 1862 were taken to a separate building on the Exhibition Road. Collections of scientific and art exhibits were not officially separated until 1909, until a scientific collection was formed in the Science Museum.
2. Large exhibits are located at the airport
In 1979, the museum acquired the Wroughton Airfield near Swindon, where some of the largest exhibits, such as airplanes, hovercrafts and other vehicles were placed. The entrance to the airport is closed, but you can get there on advance registration.