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Collider: Step Inside the World's Greatest Experiment

Open daily until 28th Sep 2014
Event times
10:00 - 17:00

Collider has timed entry every 20 mins from 10.20am. Last entry is at 4pm.

Come on a journey inside the largest scientific experiment ever constructed. Buried deep under the border between Switzerland and France, CERN's Large Hadron Collider is the work of 10,000 men and women from across the globe, united in their quest to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe.

This immersive exhibition blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory.

We'll take you behind the scenes to witness the uncovering of the Higgs boson, explore the 27km collider and its cathedral-sized detector caverns, and discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe.

See history being made. Meet engineers who build the impossible. Walk the tunnels of CERN. Stand in the heart of a collision. Witness a moment of discovery. Step inside the world's greatest experiment.

"Sublime... art and science really do collide with spectacular results" The Independent

"Refreshingly grown up" BBC

The science of particles

Introducing the Standard Model of particle physics, dark matter, antimatter and the discovery of the Higgs boson.

What is the Large Hadron Collider

Find out how particles are accelerated and how collisions are detected inside the LHC at CERN - the largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built.

Objects from the history of particle science

Game changing discoveries, from the apparatus used to identify the first subatomic particle to the photograph that confirmed the existence of antimatter.

The foundations of CERN

How a united Europe gave birth to the world's largest particle physics laboratory - the European Organization for Nuclear Research a.k.a. CERN.

Collider shop

Buy Collider gifts from the Science Museum online shop. These gifts will also be available to buy during your visit from our shop in the Great Western Warehouse.

* These tickets include a £1 donation. If you would like to opt out, please book your tickets at the Museum.

Family and group tickets are also available.
Entry is FREE for children under 7.

The Manchester leg of the Collider tour has been supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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