NEXT month the six-gallery Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum opens, focusing on contemporary science. Access will be via Making the Modern World, a gallery which bridges the gap between existing museum and new wing by charting the evolution of the modern world since 1750. A 3-D Imax cinema will screen scientific films produced in partnership with the BBC.
In a Live Science area, visitors may take part in genuine scientific research, initially, featuring a team hoping to unravel the genetic basis for the way we look, by electronically scanning volunteers' faces. Live Science is part of Who Am I?, he wing's single largest exhibition, which aims to use bio-medical science to answer just that question.
Through interactive exhibits, Digitopolis will examine how how digital technology is used in areas as diverse as broadcasting, music and robotics. Star exhibit is the computer on which the world wide web was "invented".
CHRIS FAUTLEY. Wellcome Wing opens June 30. Free for pre-booked school parties; charge for the Imax cinema. Teachers' preview evening (ticket only), July 4. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD. Tel: 020 7938 8000.www.sciencemuseum.org.ukwellcome-wing.