Get hands on with the science and technology behind TV, film and photography. Explore our eight floors of galleries to discover inventions, objects and stories that have transformed the way we make and see images.
Enjoy technology in action in our brilliantly retro Games Lounge. Play your way through gaming history with classic games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart.
A firm favourite with the young and young-at-heart, the Magic Factory is flash-bang fun for the whole family. Get hands on with light, lenses and mirror trickery to discover the science behind how we see the world around us.
Life Online is the world's first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. How did our lives change when the internet was born?
Love Wallace and Gromit? Remember Morph? Step into the Animation Gallery to discover original models and artwork from over 100 animations. See the science of animation in action as still images come to life!
Grab a booth in the BFI Mediatheque and discover the best, the rarest and the most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive. We have more than 2,500 titles available to view – all for free.
Go on a journey through the history of photography. See hundreds of incredible objects from our collections, including the very first moving colour images and the earliest surviving photographic negative.
The TV Gallery explores the development, significance and cultural impact of possibly the most influential invention of the 20th century: television.
Galleries One and Two
Gallery One and Gallery Two are our temporary exhibition spaces. The current exhibition is Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph.
Coming soon: In spring 2017 we'll open Wonderlab – our brand new, state-of-the-art gallery exploring the stunning science of light and sound.