Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsScience Museums
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Museum features the reconstructed 1928 laboratory of bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, the founder of penicillin.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Paddington / Maida Vale
How to get there
  • Paddington • 4 min walk
  • Edgware Road • 6 min walk
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  • Clive W
    1,906 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but interesting museum
    The Museum is located in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and is about a 5 minute walk from Paddington Station. I visited this museum as part of a group. We had a talk in the laboratory, explaining the discovery of penicillin, which was most informative. I do not think individual visitors would necessarily have this talk. However, there is a film which repeated some of the information given and a room with information/display boards so individual visitors would still access information. A dish in which Fleming noticed mould and a lack of bacteria is significant and it was a thoughtful touch that the display boards were numbered with replicas of this dish. I was there about an hour. There are steps to access the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • ssffs
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, personalised museum tours run by friendly volunteers
    This is a small, quiet, old school museum where volunteer guides give you very personalised talks about Fleming's discovery and show you around his original lab. There is also a short film and an exhibition room to look at as well. Currently it's a bit tricky to find because of all the scaffolding around the entrance and building, but it is well worth it because the volunteers are so nice and friendly. Also, there are a few flights of steps to go up and down because of the original state of the building. It is one the corner of Praed Street and Norfolk Place at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Mark R
    Dover, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating to stand in Flemings shoes
    The visit comprises a talk by an enthusiastic volunteer in the very room where Fleming made the discovery of the effects of penicillin. The room is small and has been reconstructed to look like it did when Fleming worked there. Even though I was on my own I still had the talk from the volunteer. After the talk there is a short (but dated) video to watch and then a single room museum to look at. In the centre of the room there is a model of penicillin and there is a great opportunity to add the information that a women scientist was involved in this. The whole exhibition is interesting and as I claimed the stairs (there are quite a few) it was fascinating to think that the stairs bannisters I was touching had been touched by Fleming himself. The website says there is a £4 entry fee. I was told this was out of date and there is now no entry fee. If you are remotely interested in science this is well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • _annatkinson
    Bristol, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small but very informative museum.
    This is a very small museum based in the corner of St. Mary’s Hospital, near to Paddington Station. Admission is free and the museum is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who provide a guided tour. The museum consists of just three rooms: Alexander Fleming’s laboratory, a video room and an information room. It is well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity but the entrance can be difficult to find as it is tucked down the side of the building and is, at the time of writing, surrounded by scaffolding.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 March 2024
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_annatkinson
Bristol, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a very small museum based in the corner of St. Mary’s Hospital, near to Paddington Station. Admission is free and the museum is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who provide a guided tour.
The museum consists of just three rooms: Alexander Fleming’s laboratory, a video room and an information room.
It is well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity but the entrance can be difficult to find as it is tucked down the side of the building and is, at the time of writing, surrounded by scaffolding.
Written 13 March 2024
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Mark R
Dover, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The visit comprises a talk by an enthusiastic volunteer in the very room where Fleming made the discovery of the effects of penicillin. The room is small and has been reconstructed to look like it did when Fleming worked there. Even though I was on my own I still had the talk from the volunteer. After the talk there is a short (but dated) video to watch and then a single room museum to look at. In the centre of the room there is a model of penicillin and there is a great opportunity to add the information that a women scientist was involved in this. The whole exhibition is interesting and as I claimed the stairs (there are quite a few) it was fascinating to think that the stairs bannisters I was touching had been touched by Fleming himself. The website says there is a £4 entry fee. I was told this was out of date and there is now no entry fee.
If you are remotely interested in science this is well worth a visit.
Written 14 February 2024
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ssffs
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a small, quiet, old school museum where volunteer guides give you very personalised talks about Fleming's discovery and show you around his original lab. There is also a short film and an exhibition room to look at as well. Currently it's a bit tricky to find because of all the scaffolding around the entrance and building, but it is well worth it because the volunteers are so nice and friendly. Also, there are a few flights of steps to go up and down because of the original state of the building. It is one the corner of Praed Street and Norfolk Place at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
Written 29 November 2023
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Clive W
Orpington1 906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Museum is located in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and is about a 5 minute walk from Paddington Station. I visited this museum as part of a group. We had a talk in the laboratory, explaining the discovery of penicillin, which was most informative. I do not think individual visitors would necessarily have this talk. However, there is a film which repeated some of the information given and a room with information/display boards so individual visitors would still access information. A dish in which Fleming noticed mould and a lack of bacteria is significant and it was a thoughtful touch that the display boards were numbered with replicas of this dish.

I was there about an hour. There are steps to access the museum.
Written 15 August 2023
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Maureen L
Manchester, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing to stand in the lab where Alexander Fleming worked and discovered penicillin. The guide was extremely kind and helpful. Would certainly recommend a visit.
Written 1 August 2023
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Sarah G
Pittsburgh, PA9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This is a fascinating look at the original laboratory where Alexander Fleming discovered the antibacterial properties of the mold that produces penicillin. Comes with a short (and VERY dated) film about it and a series of well-executed displays outlining the science and impact of the discovery. Spent about 1 hour there. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. However, of serious concern was the outdated, male-oriented focus of the exhibit, which perpetuates the unfortunate stereotypes that all science is done by old white men. There was a striking lack of acknowledgment of women who participated in related discoveries. To list one example, they fail to mention that Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (Nobel Prize 1964) solved the structure of penicillin that helped enable second-generation antibiotics. A disappointing lost opportunity here that sets a terrible example to girls interested in science who visit.
Written 24 May 2023
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Sitta
Helsingborg, Sweden276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This is a very small museum, but to just be in the very room where those mouldy petri dishes were observed, awesome just! You also get to see a short film and exhibition.
It is just by the main (I assume) to the hospital.
Written 6 May 2023
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alexnash94
Cardiff, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Educational, fabulous volunteers and an amazing opportunity to see ground breaking science that we’re glad we didn’t pass up
Written 30 March 2023
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Kim H
Brighton, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The enthusiasm of the curators was a bonus and we really enjoyed the video. It's very small but we'll worth a bisit if you're in the area.
Written 15 March 2023
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MarinaLT
Madrid, Spain28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My teenage kids and myself absolutely loved the “private” 90 minute explanation and small tour of the laboratory where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. The microbiologist who explained everything to us was incredibly kind, knowledgeable and patient with questions. I would highly recommend a visit to this very small museum in London. We thoroughly liked it!
Written 2 March 2020
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