Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

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Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
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Museum features the reconstructed 1928 laboratory of bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, the founder of penicillin.
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MarinaLT
Madrid, Spain28 contributions
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 March 2, 2020
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Ann Rayner
7 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
The Alexander Fleming Museum is where Fleming discovered Penicillin. It's open in the mornings and into the afternoon. It's best to check the opening hours. It is by St Marys hospital in Paddington and has all tbe original equipment that Fleming used and is fascinating. There is lots of history there and well worth a vit.
Ann
Written December 26, 2019
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F E R N
London, UK347 contributions
Sep 2019
This is where the famous Alexandra Fleming founded and discovered penicillin, rumour has it that it was something in the air that flew in from a window that he had lefty open while he was away, coincidentally i was born in this hospital back in 82'. :0)

check it out
Written October 5, 2019
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Colin M
25 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
London has all the fun big attractions. But so much more to see and the Alexander Fleming Lab Museum is a real gem and only 4 mins walk from Paddington. A curious and fun wee place. Great talk from the folks that takes place in the actual lab Fleming worked in and discovered penicillin in. Dont worry about the old buzzer, rickety old door and signage. Press the buzzer! Great fun. And if you have an hour to wait for your train like us - wander round :-)
Written July 5, 2019
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Hickster Roo
4 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A small museum located on Norfolk Street. It's open for just a few hours in the morning unless you make special arrangements. 30-40 minutes is all you need. Unfortunately, photos inside the lab are prohibited.
Written June 26, 2019
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Li S
Hong Kong162 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This small museum is part of St Mary Hospital.It is next to Paddington station just past the bus station to the east .It is actually the very lab where Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin.For this , he got a Nobel prize in 1945.Visit the museum gave you a sense of being there. The photos and the video are nice. There are a lot of interesting trivias eg that peniicllin actually taste like sttilton cheese.The staff and volunteer are nice and helpful. Do go and see this museumto feel the great moment of THE scinentific discovery of the 20 century.
My salute her to Kevin and Dilly.
Written May 26, 2019
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Nigel D
London, UK49 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Considering the number of people whose lives have been saved by penicillin, this museum is surprisingly low-key. The best part is entering the actual laboratory where Alexander Fleming made his discovery - a smallish corner room somewhat unremarkable, but with all the fittings and furniture from that period. Not a computer in sight. So, because it is underplayed, it makes it more of a shrine in an odd way. After all, it is the actual place where a great discovery was made.
Finding the museum is not easy, and gaining access is by speaking into a door entry phone where you can't make out what the person is saying. However, once you're in the guides are very helpful and explain the whole story.
Overall, to be highly recommended due to its unique aspects. Its history adds depth to your understanding of what people can achieve through observation.
Written April 14, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
... the staffers there could point you to all kinds of wrong directions.

No matter what people tell you, do not get into any building first. The entrance is right outside. You have to walk past Cambridge Building until you see the museum’s small browning sign. Press door bell.

1. You’ll first watch a clip on the top floor.

2. The next room runs through Fleming's career with posters (clip). Here you’ll see the good old days of scientific research. No red tapes no guidelines whatsoever. When a lab assistant would simply taste a lab sample (the ‘mould juice’ from Penicillin the fungi) to test if it’s toxic!

(Trivia: it tastes like ‘stilton cheese’.)

3. Your ticket includes a guided tour to Fleming’s lab. It’s the one and only one lab you see on the museum website. With original glass Petri dishes and wool stoppers. And a Scottish five-pound note. (Guess whose head’s on it.)

(Be prepared for narrow staircases and corridors.)
Written March 30, 2019
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Teal’s Travels
Andover, UK2 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
When to visit on the first day of out flip to London but arrived to late, closes at 1.30pm. Arrived promptly at 10am the next day. (Ignore the sign that say you enter via the hospital, ring the buzzer). Well worth going back the tour guide was exceptional, great with the children and very knowledgeable. The lab is awesome to see. Any student studying GSCE science will have to learn about the discovery of penicillin so well with a visit. Very reasonably prices. Not very big but a lot packed in, the exhibition, video and the lab. Awesome place to pop in.
Written February 21, 2019
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Marina S
Orpington, UK55 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
The museum has fairly limited opening hours (Mon - Thurs 10:00 - 13:00), but is really worth a visit. This is a place of monuments importance in the history of medicine. I spent around an hour there, listening to a 20 minute talk by a volunteer in Fleming’s laboratory itself (the curator was also there & gave a talk to the previous group of visitors), then watching a 10 minute video (showing contemporary medical footage) & visiting the small but very informative exhibition. Kevin, the curator, and the gentleman who talked to me were friendly, enthusiastic and really added an extra layer to the visit. Photography is not permitted due to the copyright being owned by the family of Fleming’s second wife in Greece, but I purchased a postcard for just 40p with a photo of the lab.

Sometimes the small museums in London illuminate its rich history as much as the larger ones.
Written January 7, 2019
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