Learn more about the range of historical apparatus and experimental equipment of the many scientists who have researched, lectured and lived in the Ri building.
The object collections of the Royal Institution include the apparatus and experimental equipment of many of the scientists, who have researched, lectured and lived in the building. This includes, amongst others, the scientific work of Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar and William and Lawrence Bragg and George Porter.
Many great discoveries have occurred or were researched in the basement of 21 Albemarle Street, and a significant proportion of the apparatus used can still be viewed including:
Many of these objects are featured in the website's Iconic Objects section.
The Ri welcomes anyone to freely come and visit the object collections in the Michael Faraday Museum with displays across three floors of our home at 21 Albemarle Street.
When viewed alongside the Ri’s archival collections, a very detailed picture emerges of life and scientific breakthroughs at the Ri - and across the world - over the last two centuries.
If anyone has a research query regarding aspects of the collection which are not on permanent display please contact email@example.com