The Faraday Museum

Explore over 200 years of history-making science in the Faraday Museum at the Ri. Entry is free.

  • Visitors at the Faraday Musem

    Visitors at the Faraday Musem

    Credit: Royal Institution / T Mitchell
  • Children in front of a periodic table display
    Credit: Royal Institution
  • Faraday Museum.

    View amazing objects in the Faraday Museum. 

    Credit: Katherine Leedale
  • Visitor looking into the Faraday laboratory

    A visitor looking into the Faraday laboratory

    Credit: Royal Institution / T Mitchell

Explore the world-changing science of the Ri since 1799 in the Faraday Museum.

With displays spread across three floors, the stuff of science is woven throughout the Ri building. In fact, wherever you go, you'll discover the instruments and people that have made science work for the last two hundred years.

Lower ground floor

Housing the majority of the exhibition, the theme of the lower ground floor is experimentation.

From the odds and ends that became the first electrical transformer to the tube that told us why the sky is blue, view the actual objects Ri scientists built and used in some of the world's most famous experiments.

Discover the key role that the Ri has played in the development of the modern world – from the thermos flask to the device that saved the lives of countless miners.

The highlight of the exhibition is Faraday's magnetic laboratory displayed as it was in the 1850s opposite a current state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab. View our interactive tour of the Laboratory.

Plus, try your hand at our chemical elements game. Test your reaction times and spot the 10 elements discovered at the Ri as they appear in a fast-and-furious elements song.

Ground floor

The theme of the ground floor is people and meeting the many characters in the story of the Ri.

Of course there's our museum's namesake, the bookbinder's apprentice who got a job here through a lucky break and went on to become a scientific hero. But there's also his boss, the arrogant yet charismatic Humphry Davy, and Ada Lovelace, Byron's daughter, mathematician and lightning-rod for scandal.

You can also find out about the 14 Nobel Prize winners who have worked at the Ri.

This floor includes a stunning display of some of the people that have made the Ri what it is, and a beautiful suspended display of optical instruments above the Cafe.

First floor

The first floor is devoted to communication with displays showcasing some of the fabulous events that have happened here.

From the very beginning of our history, the Ri has been famous as a place to discover and discuss the world around us. Most of the greatest scientists from the last 200 years have at one time or another appeared in our famous theatre.

We celebrate just a handful of them here in paintings, unusual props and film clips. Find out what a boomerang, a stuffed kangaroo and a saw have in common, and discover the unfortunate side effects of too much laughing gas.

Opening times

Admission to the Faraday Museum is free to all.

The Museum is open from 9.00am till 6.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

The exhibition is occasionally closed for private events.

Planned closures:

Friday 20th May - Museum closed all day

Please call ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 2992 

For large group bookings please phone ahead.

Food & drink

The Ri's Café is the perfect place to relax with a coffee or a glass of wine.

Explore the Ri Café

Wheelchair access

The Faraday Museum is an officially accredited museum.

About our accreditation

 

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