The Royal Institution

The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
Greater London




020 7409 2992


+44 (0) 20 7670 2920

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Playing the interactive elements game in the Faraday Exhibition
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For over 200 years, the RI has been ‘diffusing science for the common purposes of life’.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-21.00
(reception desk 09.00-18.00)

Closed: 23rd Dec-2nd Jan & bank holidays

Admission charges

Admission to building/exhibition: Free

Admission charge for some events including:
Public Lectures
Standard: £10.00
Concession: £7.00
Associate: £5.00
Member/Faraday: Free

Additional info

The Archive Reading Room is open to the public by appointment, Mon-Wed, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Includes the original apparatus and papers of many of those who have researched, lectured and lived at the Royal Institution including Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, William Bragg, Lawrence Bragg and George Porter. The collection also includes important collections of iconographical material in various media, scientific instruments, as well as a large administrative archive, covering all aspects of the work of the Royal Institution.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Natural Sciences, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Michael Faraday
  • Induction Ring
  • Volta's Battery
  • Humphry Davy
  • Davy Lamp
  • Count Rumford
  • James Dewar
  • Dewar Flask
  • John Tyndall
  • William Henry Bragg
  • William Lawrence Bragg
  • X-ray Spectrometer
  • Lysozyme
  • Laboratory

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Claudia Hammond presents: 'The science of Breaking Bad'

  • 22 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, 'Breaking Bad' was a show with science at its core. With a genius chemist as its main protagonist, it explored complex themes of morality. Chemist Dave Smith and psychologist Julian Boon will delve into the science behind the show, in a discussion chaired by author, presenter and 'Breaking Bad' fan Claudia Hammond.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for members of the Royal Institution


Two lasers going through diffusers

Helen Keen presents: 'A night of ice and fire'

  • 24 April 2015 7:50-9:15pm

Could fire-breathing dragons ever exist? What really happens when royalty inbreeds? Could real-world pyromancers create Wildfire? And can you actually crush someone's skull with your bare hands? Comedian Helen Keen (BBC Radio 4's It Is Rocket Science) & Newcastle Centre for Life's Ian Simmons combine facts, jokes, quizzes and live demonstrations to explore the 'science' of Game of Thrones...

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15


£12 Standard
£8 Concession
Discounts for members of the Ri