As a group of museums that lead the world in science education, helping the public to understand the science of climate change is a key focus for our public programme.
At the Science Museum, work is underway on Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, a major new gallery opening in 2023 that explores the latest climate science and the steps needed to cut global dependence on fossil fuels. We also strive to inspire the public with digital resources and online content that explores current scientific research and the technologies that can help reduce the impact of climate change.
The Science Museum Group has made a commitment to reach net zero by 2033—covering both the carbon footprint of our own operations and our supply chain. Behind the scenes we ensure the major projects across our museums have sustainable working practices at their core, helping create a sustainable legacy for the future.
Delve into the science of climate change and discover more through these films exploring often-asked questions.
Book our latest series of online Climate Talks with an international line of experts, campaigners and cultural figures, discussing how to tackle the most pressing issues around climate change. Our previous series of talks is also available to watch now.
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Free exhibition, National Railway Museum
15 June 2022 – June 2024
This inventive new exhibition, with four themed seasons, will inspire visitors with the ingenuity at work in rail. Innovation Platform highlights emerging ideas and extraordinary achievements from across the rail industry, with the next season focused on the latest groundbreaking rail technology in Decarbonisation (from 18 January – June 2023).
Climate change has been a recurrent theme in the Science Museum Group’s public programme, with exhibitions including The Rubbish Collection (2014), an art installation made of waste, and Unlocking Lovelock (2015) at the Science Museum. Manchester Science Festival featured the Lovelock Art Commission from 2014-16, while Luke Jerram’s spectacular artwork Gaia was displayed as part of the National Science and Media Museum’s Hello Universe exhibition in 2019.
As part of the Science Museum Group’s climate focused public programme in 2021 the Science and Industry Museum hosted a climate-themed Manchester Science Festival and the National Science and Media Museum hosted a climate-themed Bradford Science Festival.
In 2021 the Science Museum opened two climate-themed exhibitions. Our Future Planet explores innovative solutions from the natural (trees) to the mechanical (direct air capture machines) to reduce carbon levels in our atmosphere. While Amazônia, which featured over 200 images captured by acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado over the course of seven years travelling through the Amazon, presents Salgado’s dramatic panoramas of this incredible region and portraits of its people.