Welcome to the website for the Time Machine gallery and for Harlow Museum – both well worth a visit!

Science Alive is an independent charity providing community learning &  cultural services in Harlow.


Current events and news….


SUMMER FUN this FRIDAY 27th July


More Summer Fun this Friday at 12:30pm at Harlow Museum. Click here for more details.






Summer Holiday Activities


Why not come to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic on the 10th August. Download the Picnic leaflet to find out more.



Even better have a look at our Summer Programme to find out how really make the most of the Summer break.

Further activities can be found in our detailed week by week fun packed activity schedule which covers ALL 6 weeks of this Summers holiday starting from the 23rd July. See the details.

Be Prepared ….. For Scouting and Guides

Science Alive a pleased to support Scouts and Guides in helping them to achieve their awards. 

We have facilities and activities that target what you need to do for your badges.

For more details download our Programme brochure.



Hire a Planetarium

Ever thought about reaching for the stars ? Well now you can by hiring our Portable Planetarium. We have two different sizes to hire out so click on Planetarium Days to find out more details and launch your imagination into space.

How about becoming a TIME DETECTIVE ?

Try out your sleuthing skills at Harlow Museum on Fridays for under 5’s and Saturdays for the older Detectives.

Play – Learn – Create

For more details see our Time detective and Mini Time Detective posts.

Look here to see what is on in the coming months


Calling All Budding SCIENTISTS

Messy Play for under 5’s is back on Mondays


for those more adventurous older Scientists join the fun of our SACK activities on Saturday.

Play – Learn – Create

For times and more details see out SACK and Messy Play posts here.

Science Alive Club for Kids

It’s always a good time to visit the Time Machine and Harlow Museum & Gardens especially in the holidays, so give us a call for details…

Enjoy our regular Family activities at Harlow Museum and Science Alive Gallery – with plenty of  fun and surprise elements! Use the Visitor Info tab for more details of our venues and for our calendar of events or check the What’s On section for more details.

IMPORTANT: Harlow Museum and the Science Gallery are both closed on Bank Holidays

Harlow Museum


Harlow is 70 years old this year!

Gibberds’s Gift is our current exhibition at Harlow Museum, as  part of our year-long celebrations of Harlow’s 70th Anniversary as a New Town.

Other events include our year long project with YourHarlow, recording Harlow memories on film for every year since 1947.

For more information you can visit the Harlowis70 page at the Harlow Council website by clicking here


Don’t forget to visit our Museum Bookshop – we have plenty of bargains on offer this summer.

If you have a little time on your hands, enjoy a quiet cuppa and a delicious slice of cake or something from our new ice cream range at our Corner Café!