The Royal Institution

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.
Front cover of Matthew Syed's book, Black box thinking

Black box thinking

  • 10 September 2015 7-8:30pm

Using gripping case studies and practical takeaways, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce Matthew Syed will explain how to turn failure into success, and will show how the greatest scientists, business leaders and sports stars have all learned to love failure.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£12 Standard

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/september/public-black-box-thinking

Kevin Dutton

Good psychopath, really?

  • 15 September 2015 7-8:30pm

Several years ago, University of Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton invited former SAS soldier Andy McNab into his lab to take a real-life version of Blade Runner’s Voight-Kampff ‘replicant’ test. The results were revelatory and from it the concept of ‘the good psychopath’ was born. Join them both to find out what happened next…

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/september/public-the-good-psychopath

Dr Karl

Great moments in science

  • 21 September 2015 7-8:30pm

What makes you forget why you entered a room? Why is it safer for a cat to fall from 32 stories than from seven? And why do you feel more drunk from rum and diet cola than rum and regular cola? Join Australia’s science legend Dr Karl for a whirlwind tour of scientific explanations and bizarre facts. Find out how photos of eyes make you honest, why the phrase "sinister buttocks" gets into students' essays, and what the ‘big cover up' is on kissing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 Standard, £8 Concession

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/september/public-great-moments-in-science

Artist's impression of quantum phenomena

Light and the quantum

  • 25 September 2015 7:50-9:15pm

The properties of light which could not be explained through classical physics helped to kick-start the quantum revolution. Soon after, strange quantum phenomena were described - state superpositions, entanglement and the realisation of "Schrödinger’s cat". In celebration of the International Year of Light, join Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche to explore these quantum phenomena, the role of light in an explosion of discovery and possible applications of the counter-intuitive quantum logic.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£17

Website

http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2015/september/public-light-and-the-quantum-fed

Black hole in the universe

Seven brief lessons on physics

  • 30 September 2015 7-8:30pm

The twentieth century has seen extraordinary development in our understanding of the universe and the laws that define it. Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli will beautifully encapsulate where we are on our human journey to understand our universe. From Einstein’s general theory of relativity ‘the most beautiful of theories’ and the architecture of our cosmos to quantum physics where the most baffling aspects of modern physics lurk, Carlo will tell of the epic discoveries and advances in physics that shape our worldview today, its open mysteries, and the position of us humans in this world.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£12 Standard, £8 Concession

The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
Mayfair
London
Greater London
W1S 4BS
England

Website

www.rigb.org

E-mail

ri@ri.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7409 2992

Fax

+44 (0) 20 7670 2920

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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