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Royal Institute & Faraday Museum

The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
West End
Post Code : W1S 4BS
Telephone : 020 7409 2992
Free Admission

This museum is now the Royal Institute Museum, newly expanded in 2008, - celebrating scientific developments based on experimentation. From the thermos flask to what happens when you have some laughing gas .

In the basement of the Royal Institution you will still find Faraday's magnetic laboratory as it was in the 1850s. This commemorates the scientific pioneer, Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867).

Faraday is regarded as one of the greatest experimenter in the physical sciences and the 'father of electricity'. Among his greatest discoveries were the principles behind the electric motor, the generator and the transformer.

The Royal Institution, a centre for scientific research and education, was founded in 1799. Faraday joined in 1813 and it was here that he conducted most of his work. His laboratory of 1850, where he discovered Electromagnetism, has been reconstructed, using contemporary paintings, and is located in the same part of the building.

Pieces of his original equipment, including a large electromagnet, a vacuum pump and jars of chemicals, are set around the room. The museum traces Faraday's most important achievements, especially in the field of electromagnetism.

There are also a number of Faraday's personal effects, including the medals he received in recognition of his work

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Opening Times
Mon-Fri: 09:00-18:00. Occasionally closed for private events, telephone to check
Newly expanded as the Royal Institute Museum.
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