It’s Alive! Frankenstein festival fills the Science Museum

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

In addition, the 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 the IMAX cinema.

Through theatre, storytelling and hands-on activities the Science Museum will examine the ethical and scientific questions surrounding the artificial creation of life.

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.

Some of the activities have limited availability so pre-booking is being advised.

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 from 3rd – 8th April.

Off-off events:

Artificial Life: Could We, Should We, Will We?
Wednesday 28 March

Join a panel of experts for a discussion of the probability and ethics of creating fully synthetic life.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day + Panel Discussion
Friday 27 April

A screening of this seminal sci-fi plus a panel discussion on Promethean tales through the ages.

The Curse of Frankenstein + Q&A
Saturday 28 April 2018

A screening of the classic horror film plus a Q&A on the life and works of Mary Shelley.

All week events:

Humanity 2.0
Tuesday 3 April – Thursday 5 April 2018

Enter a world where humankind is extinct in this futuristic play created and performed by Emily Carding.

Mystery in Frankenstein’s Lab
Tuesday 3 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Solve puzzles, conduct experiments and create your own creature in this unique and interactive, theatrical experience .

It’s Alive! Immersive audio tour
Tuesday 3 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Explore the Museum on a guided audio tour that will plunge you ears first into an augmented acoustic reality.

Pandemic: A choose-your-own-adventure film
Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Take part in an interactive, psychological thriller that puts you in control of the action.

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