The museum offers visitors the opportunity to "step inside the world's greatest experiment," a.k.a the collider in CERN. This sought to verify the presence of the "God particle" and to create black holes in an investigation of energy, the origins of the earth and dark matter. While the museum is free, tickets cost 10 pounds for this one-of-a-kind exhibit that's set to run through May 2014.
The wonder of science at the Science Museum — Photo courtesy of Walter Lim
The exhibition tells you that this was the largest experiment ever constructed, buried deep inside the mountains of Switzerland and at the border with France. The collider was the work of 10,000 men and women from around the world who wanted to discover the essential building blocks of the universe and answer that eternal question: Where did humans and the world come from?
The collider itself is 27 kilometers long, so it's not possible to put the whole thing in the Science Museum in London. But with interaction, videos, lasers theater and sound art, they have recreated what it might be like to walk inside the Large Hadron Collider.
You'll also visit the physics laboratory, where the famous Higgs Boson experiments were carried out. You can even stand in the "heart of a collision" and meet some of the engineers who helped make history.
When you've come out of this exhibition and back into the wonderful world of the Science Museum, you might understand a little bit more about why it's so important and fascinating to study the world of subatomic particles, as well as how these people made history and what that means for people who are living today.
Back outside in the Science Museum - if your brain is not quite spinning enough - you can get stuck into Launchpad; sign up to watch the family-friendly "Energy" show (which is already booking for spring and summer 2014); or take a tour around the history of the human brain, the mind and psychology in the exhibition "Mind Maps."
If subatomic particles are not quite your thing, you might be more intrigued by everyone's favorite question, "Who am I?" in the free exhibition that explores who humans are and what they're made of.
If the world around you fascinates more, then the exploration of the world through the eyes of science from 1750 to 2000 will help back up all those things you learned at school, and that your small children might learn for the first time. If you like to climb into things, then you can also experience the true force of the typhoon jet in a simulator, or take in a photography exhibition in the media space.
In short, the Science Museum is a great day out for all the family. And it's educative, informative and interesting, too.