Frankenstein Festival

Science Museum, Exhibition Road

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Event location:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington
When:Event passed!
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Tue 3rd Apr 2018 to
Sun 8th Apr 2018

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Where:Science Museum, Exhibition Road SW7 2DD
Map:Map & Nearby
Admission:Free, however some events with limited availability require tickets

About the event

The Science Museum is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus with a free festival exploring the science behind this cultural phenomenon.

Through immersive theatre, experimental storytelling and hands-on activities visitors can examine the ethical and scientific questions surrounding the artificial creation of life. Families can step in Doctor Frankenstein’s shoes, creating a creature and bringing it to life using stop motion animation at our drop-in workshops.

In the Mystery at Frankenstein’s Lab visitors can solve puzzles and conduct experiments in an escape room-like interactive experience. Visitors are also invited to explore the Science Museum as you’ve never heard it before in It’s Alive, an immersive Frankenstein-themed audio tour. Both these activities have limited availability so pre-booking is advised.

In Pandemic, you decide how far Dr Victor should go to tackle a virus sweeping the world. Is it right to create new life to save others? You decide where to draw the line in this choose-your-own-adventure experience. Visitors can also see Humanity 2.0, a play created and performed by actor Emily Carding. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the play examines what could happen if a benevolent AI recreated humanity.

As part of the festival, visitors will meet researchers at the cutting-edge of science - from bio chemists who manipulate DNA to engineers creating artificial intelligence - and discover fascinating scientific objects with our curators which could have influenced Shelley.

The Frankenstein Festival will run daily from 3 – 8 April at the Science Museum and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Tickets for activities with limited availability are available from

Our free adult-only Frankenstein Lates on 28 March will focus on the darker themes of Shelley’s iconic novel, with the Promethean Tales Weekend on 27-28 April featuring panel discussions and special screenings of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and The Curse of Frankenstein in our IMAX cinema.

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