CERN comes to the Science Museum

  • Category: Family Fun
  • Dates: Monday, 11 November 2013 to Monday, 01 January 0001

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been hailed as one of the most essential scientific breakthroughs of our time, and could prove instrumental to understanding the fabric of our universe.

However, its location underneath the Franco-Swiss border makes it difficult for British families to visit.

For this reason, London's science museum will be offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the world of particle physics this November, with a view to explaining how the LHC functions, why the vacuum is necessary and what scientists hope it will achieve in the future.

A whole host of designers and theatrical experts will be on hand to make the experience not only educational but also enjoyable, as families are treated to a look inside a replica particle tunnel and a cathedral-sized detector cavern.

There is also the opportunity to learn about some of the LHC's most ground-breaking discoveries, including the revelation of the Higgs Boson last year.

Furthermore, the exhibition halls are lined with genuine artefacts that led the way in discovery, such as the apparatus that proved so integral in JJ Thomson's search for the electron and the accelerator used by Cockcroft and Walton to split the atom.

Alison Boyle, the Science Museum's curator of modern physics, promises an entirely accurate experience for attendees.

"I’ve been lucky enough to visit CERN and see inside the collider. It’s an unforgettable experience," she said.

"We want to give our visitors a tangible sense of the extraordinary ambitions of the collider and the excitement of working on the project."

An experience that blends theatre, sound and video in an extensive look-and-learn event, the LHC exhibition launches on November 11th and promises to be a fascinating event for children and adults alike. Tickets cost £10 for adults, while concessions are £7.

For an equally enjoyable stay, book into the Egerton House Hotel, which is conveniently located just a five minute walk away from the Science Museum. Complete your weekend of culture by snapping up the Exclusive V&A Experience as part of a special offer.