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  • Before you arrive

    Want to have the best possible experience at the museum? Here’s what to do before you arrive.

    1. See what’s on show

    The museum has a handful of seasonal exhibitions, alongside permanent showings. Explore what’s on view this month.

    2. Get directions

    Figure out the best way to get to the museum, whether by car, foot, or public transit. See a list of our accessible entrances.

    3. Buy your tickets

    Save time by buying your tickets before you arrive. Show your printed or digital ticket to staff and then walk right in.

  • Views of Mt. Fuji

    An exhibition of early 20th century woodblock prints featuring the majesty of Mt. Fuji.

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  • Hello Rover

    The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was designed to transport astronauts and materials on the Moon. Original from NASA.

  • Virtual Tour ↗

    Get a virtual tour of the museum. Ideal for schools and events.

    Current Shows ↗

    Stay updated and see our current exhibitions here.

    Useful Info ↗

    Get to know our opening times, ticket prices and discounts.

  • Which treats of the character and pursuits of the famous Don Quixote of La Mancha.

    Which treats of the first sally the ingenious Don Quixote made from home.

    Wherein is related the droll way in which Don Quixote had himself dubbed a knight.


    Positive growth.

    Nature, in the common sense, refers to essences unchanged by man; space, the air, the river, the leaf. Art is applied to the mixture of his will with the same things, as in a house, a canal, a statue, a picture. But his operations taken together are so insignificant, a little chipping, baking, patching, and washing, that in an impression so grand as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result.

    The sun setting through a dense forest of trees.
    Wind turbines standing on a grassy plain, against a blue sky.
    The sun shining over a ridge leading down into the shore. In the distance, a car drives down a road.

    Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man’s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.

  • Designs for vases created by Noritake, a Japanese tableware company founded in 1876 under the name Morimura Gumi. They officially changed their name in 1981. These designs date back to the late 19th century.

  • Image of lotus flower bud.

    Just an ounce of prevention makes perfect.

    — Margarit Avagyan

    Image of lotus flowers.

    Curiosity is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

    — Rūta Eglītis

    Image of lotus flower.

    Wednesday’s child is certain to have nine lives.

    — Nevra Badem

  • Hello.

  • The voyage had begun, and had begun happily with a soft blue sky, and a calm sea.

    They followed her on to the deck. All the smoke and the houses had disappeared, and the ship was out in a wide space of sea very fresh and clear though pale in the early light. They had left London sitting on its mud. A very thin line of shadow tapered on the horizon, scarcely thick enough to stand the burden of Paris, which nevertheless rested upon it. They were free of roads, free of mankind, and the same exhilaration at their freedom ran through them all.

    The ship was making her way steadily through small waves which slapped her and then fizzled like effervescing water, leaving a little border of bubbles and foam on either side. The colourless October sky above was thinly clouded as if by the trail of wood-fire smoke, and the air was wonderfully salt and brisk. Indeed it was too cold to stand still. Mrs. Ambrose drew her arm within her husband’s, and as they moved off it could be seen from the way in which her sloping cheek turned up to his that she had something private to communicate.