Frankenstein Festival

Science Museum, Exhibition Road
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This event ended on Sunday 8th of April 2018

Free, however some events with limited availability require tickets

Venue Information

Science Museum
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD

Nearest Stations

South Kensington 0.25 miles


Please note: as you will no doubt be aware COVID-19 is leading to many events being cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers of any event listed here to confirm it is going ahead as planned.

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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