Science and Innovation Park

The Science and Innovation Park is a 545-acre former RAF airfield near Swindon.

With stunning native woodlands, extensive runways and hangars as well as one of the UK’s largest solar farms, the site plays a vital role in the Science Museum Group’s sustainability activities as well as hosting a range of research and development projects and commercial activities. At the heart of the Science and Innovation Park is the National Collections Centre, home to around 80% of the Science Museum Group Collection.

The National Collections Centre cares for hundreds of thousands of objects in the Science Museum Group Collection.

In 2018, we embarked on an ambitious project to create a new purpose-built facility to transform our care for the collection and enable people to explore much more of it than ever before.

Around 300,000 historic objects have now been carefully moved to this sector-leading facility, bringing together these historic objects under one roof for the first time for conservation, study and public access.

Regular public tours of this building will begin in late 2024, allowing members of the public to get up close to our world-class collection of objects from science, technology, engineering, medicine, transport and media. — sign up to be the first to hear about when these tours go on-sale.  

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