Explore over 200 years of history-making science in the Faraday Museum at the Ri. Entry is free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Admission to the Faraday Museum is free to all.
The Museum is open from 9.00am till 5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
The exhibition is occasionally closed for private events.
Thursday 12 & Tuesday 17 December:
The building will close to the public at 2pm with no admittance after this time. We will reopen to Christmas Lecture ticket holders at 4:30pm
The Ri will close on Tuesday 24 December at 4pm, we will reopen on Thursday 2 January.
Please call ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 2992
For large group bookings please phone ahead.
The Faraday Museum is an officially accredited museum.