Science Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

South Kensington, London
SatNav: Region:
SW7 2DD Greater London
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Technical No
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 32 Open

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What’s Here

The Science Museum covers all aspects of science and technology. Aviation exhibits feature in the aeronautical gallery ‘Flight’, and the new ‘Making of the Modern World’ display. ‘Flight’ features some aircraft of major historical importance, such as the first British powered aircraft to fly, the first aircraft to fly the Atlantic non-stop and the first British jet aircraft. Overhead walkways give unusual views of the exhibits. A large number of aero engines and other aeronautical memorabilia are also on display. The ‘Making of the Modern World’ shows technology in everyday life, with a Lockheed 10 suspended above it. The Short SC.1 and Hawker P.1127 are also featured. Elsewhere, the ‘Exploration of Space’ gallery includes the Apollo 10 command module. A new exhibition, ‘Inside the Spitfire’ opened in August 2005, showing the inner workings and history of the famous fighter.


Exhibition Road, off Cromwell Road (A4), South Kensington, London. Well signposted.

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Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Closed December 24 – 26.


All admission is now free.


Toilets, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

The Making of the Modern World Gallery
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Hawker Hurricane I L1592
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Supermarine Spitfire IA P9444
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Hawker Siddeley P.1127 XP831
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Airship No.17 Gondola Displayed
Antoinette Monoplane BAPC.55 Complete Displayed
D7560 Avro 504K D7560 Complete Displayed
AP507 Avro Rota I (Cierve C.30A) AP507 Complete Displayed
G-AWAW Cessna F.150F G-AWAW Complete Displayed
304 Cody Military Biplane 304 Complete Displayed
G-AAAH De Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAAH Complete Displayed
448 Douglas Dakota IV 448 Nose Displayed
442795 Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) 442795 Complete Displayed
210/16 Fokker E.III 210/16 Complete Displayed
Frost Ornithopter Complete Displayed
W4041/G Gloster E.28/39 W4041/G Complete Displayed
L1592 Hawker Hurricane I L1592 Complete Displayed
XP831 Hawker Siddeley P.1127 XP831 Complete Displayed
G-ASSM Hawker Siddeley HS.125 G-ASSM Complete Displayed
JAP-Harding Monoplane BAPC.54 Complete Displayed
Lilienthal glider BAPC.52 Complete Displayed
N5171N Lockheed 10A Electra N5171N Complete Displayed
191316 Messerschmitt Me 163B-1 191316 Complete Displayed
G-AZPH Pitts S-1S Special G-AZPH Complete Displayed
Roe Triplane BAPC.50 Complete Displayed
XJ314 Rolls-Royce ‘Flying Bedstead’ XJ314 Complete Displayed
G-EBIB RAF SE.5A G-EBIB Complete Displayed
XN344 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XN344 Complete Displayed
Schemp-Hirth Cirrus glider BGA.2091 Complete Displayed
XG900 Short SC.1 XG900 Complete Displayed
S1595 Supermarine S.6B S1595 Complete Displayed
P9444 Supermarine Spitfire IA P9444 Complete Displayed
PK664 Supermarine Spitfire F.22 PK664 Complete Displayed
Vickers Vimy IV BAPC.51 Complete Displayed
J8067 Westland-Hill Pterodactyl J8067 Complete Displayed
Wright Flyer BAPC.53 Reproduction Displayed

More Information

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Tel: 0870 8704868, Fax: 020 7942 4302. Official website.

Closer view of the Hurricane I
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Supermarine S.6B S1595
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Hawker Siddeley HS.125 G-ASSM
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
Pitts S-1S Special G-AZPH
(Photo, Micheal Hawkey)
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  1. We all know that the glorious Spitfire was developed from Mitchell’s work on the Supermarine RS6.B, outright winner of the Schneider Trophy. Well, as you can see from the above pic, the RS6.B is in this museum, sitting alongside a Spitfire: magic! AND in a case behind the RS6.B is the Schneider Trophy itself! It’s massive and beautiful, worked with motifs proper to a seaplane trophy: crabs and fish as well as being topped by the most beautiful silver lady you’ll see except (possibly) on the bonnet of a Rolls Royce. It’s a bit dark in this Flight area, right under the roof of the museum so be prepared to use a high ISO setting for pics.

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