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Research the collection

Insight: Collections and Research Centre is now open for pre-booked appointments on selected dates only.

Making a booking

Available dates and times

  • 17–19 November 2021
  • 15–17 December 2021

Appointments are available 10.00–16.30 on the above dates, with a closure for lunch at 12.30–13.30.

What you need to know

To book, please email the curatorial team to discuss your research plans at Research slots will normally be released a month in advance, and your booking must be made at least 14 days before the date you would like to visit.

When you contact us, please let us know what you want to see; if this is not possible, our team will contact you for more details once your booking is complete.

Once we have confirmed your plans with you, we will provide a link to a booking page which will issue you with a ticket for the day of your visit.

To comply with Covid-19 guidance, four researcher places are available to book per day. If you need to be accompanied by someone from your household or support bubble for accessibility or safeguarding reasons, let us know and our team can provide advice about booking two desks together.

When you visit

Researcher visits to Insight are hosted in the Gandolfi Room, a purpose-built reading room with reader tables, power sockets and free WiFi.

Full details about the measures we have put in place to keep everyone safe while visiting the museum can be found in our reopening FAQ. This includes wearing a face covering during your visit, unless you have an exemption.

Please try to limit the number of personal items you bring into Insight. There is a secure space to safely leave your belongings; you’re welcome to use your laptop or tablet, phone or camera, notepad and pencil when researching.

On arrival at the museum, please show your ticket and you’ll be directed to Insight, where a member of our curatorial team will be there to welcome you. The curatorial team can help with any queries you have in advance about visiting; please contact us at .

About Insight

Whether your research is academic, professional or personal, everyone is welcome to make an appointment to visit Insight, our research centre.

At Insight: Collections and Research Centre, you can discover our collection and make use of our extensive research library. Study prints by some of the world’s greatest photographers; examine apparatus that illuminates the history and development of sound and vision technologies; and access many specialist publications and journals.

In our collection

Research online

Our collection⁠—and the inspirational stories it contains⁠—is also open to you online. You can find further information about the objects, archives and library we care for via Collection Online, the archive catalogue, the Science Museum library catalogue and the National Railway Museum library catalogue.

We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out more about the items in the Science Museum Group Collection. Please contact us via We would normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days; however, responses may take longer at the moment due to Covid-19.

Part of the Science Museum Group