The Royal Institution

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain 21 Albemarle Street Mayfair
Greater London

  • Phone: 020 7409 2992

The Royal Institution was founded in March 1799 with the aim of introducing new technologies and teaching science to the general public. The discoveries of Michael Faraday, made in the basement of the Ri, shaped the modern world. Explore Faraday's lab and discover some of the historic objects used in his pioneering scientific research.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 09.00-21.00 (reception desk 09.00-18.00) Closed: 23rd Dec-2nd Jan & bank holidays


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

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Auditorium
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas

Facilities information:

The Archive Reading Room is open to the public by appointment, Mon-Wed, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available

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