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Learn about science with slides, solar systems and more at the Science Museum in London's new Wonderlab

Want to take a ride through the solar system or learn about friction by going down a slide? A new gallery in the UK can make that happen.

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Orbits with Double Gravity Well exhibit in foreground. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum

The Science Museum in London has opened Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, which features unique exhibits, specially-commissioned artwork, and immersive experiences, all aimed at getting kids – and people of all ages – interested in science.

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Friction Slides. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum
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Friction Slides. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum

The Wonderlab is the UK’s biggest interactive science gallery with more than 50 exhibits. They are separated into seven zones, exploring topics like sound, forces, light, electricity, maths, matter and space, and there is space for live-demonstrations.

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Chemistry Bar with visitors taking part in experiments. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum
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Flash Bang Whallop show. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum

While access to museums’ permanent collections is free in the UK, there will be a £6 day ticket price to the Wonderlab or an annual pass from £10. The museum sees more than 3 million visitors per year and access to about 90% of the museum remains free.

Light Lab exhibit.
Light Lab exhibit. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum
A young visitor is reflected inside the Infinity Boxes exhibit.
A young visitor is reflected inside the Infinity Boxes exhibit. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum

Among the new gallery’s highlights are a giant rotating model of the solar system that visitors can ride in order to learn more about the seasons, and a large friction slide.

Puzzels section of Wonderlab.
Puzzels section of Wonderlab. Image by Plastiques Photography, courtesy of the Science Museum

The Science Museum covers seven floors and is filled with interactive exhibits and educational information.