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Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Neighbourhood: Paddington / Maida Vale
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Address: Praed Street | St Mary's Hospital, London W2, England
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+44 20 7886 6528

Museum features the reconstructed 1928 laboratory of bacteriologist...

Museum features the reconstructed 1928 laboratory of bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, the founder of penicillin.

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Small yet inspiring and interesting

Hidden and not so easy to find, very near to Paddington station, it was like stepping into a time-machine. We were guided by a historian who is researching at the hospital and he... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Micky B
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small museum in a wing of St. Mary's Hospital on Praed Street, 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station, where Alexander H. Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. It is a reconstruction of the tiny laboratory where he worked. On the floor below is the Welcome centre, on the floor above a series of panels putting the discovery into... More 

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Reviewed 22 November 2016

Hidden and not so easy to find, very near to Paddington station, it was like stepping into a time-machine. We were guided by a historian who is researching at the hospital and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed this short visit very much.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

We visited this museum because we had a very short period of time left before leaving London. The AFLM is located less than five minutes walk from Paddington Station. Don't be deterred by the poor signage outside but once you get to the entrance of the hospital you will be able to follow the signs leading to it. The good... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Really interesting atmospheric museum, a small laboratory but it feels like you are touching history being in the place where penicillin was discovered. Well worth a visit, a hidden treasure.

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

A very small museum set inside a working hospital. You can visit the very room where Fleming discovered 'mould juice' or penicillin as it became known as. The lab is kept dusty on purpose and although set up as a museum only 24 years ago, features some of Fleming's own equipment. It is very atmospheric. Another room has further information... More 

Thank Howarth S
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

I had my own personal tour. A small but very interesting museum in the middle of St Mary's Hospital. You see the lab of Mr Fleming and his tools and other instruments. There is also a 10 minute film and quite a lot of information to read. Do not go if you are not interested in Mr Fleming or the... More 

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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

For such an important discovery which impacted on millions of people worldwide, this is such a short and insignificant museum. It's hidden away in St Mary's hospital and it the actual room where Fleming made his discovery. Lots of historical items to look at. I was annoyed that pictures are not allowed because I can't for the life of me... More 

Thank MarkNob
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Reviewed 2 December 2015

I spent a great time in the Alexander Fleming Museum. The museum is small but really interesting even if you are not a medical profesional. It should be noticed that in this small laboratory is where took place one of the most important discovery in medical field: the penicillin. Don´t miss how Alexander Fleming found this antibiotic, it´s really funny.... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

visited the museum after a recommendation from a laboratory colleague. Just £4 to enter , the curator and other volunteers that run the museum are extremely knowledgable. Great to see the laboratory and all the old equipment, this would be a great little history lesson for anyone and extremely interesting for those working as healthcare professionals. The hospital is a... More 

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Towson, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 September 2015

Undoubtedly the excitement is great to think that a small observation led to a very important turning point for all humanity. How many of us they have never used the penicillin - or its derivati- least once in their life or the lives of loved ones almost always successful. The discovery has offered humanity a different perspective of life, less... More 

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