Learn the story of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin

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Take a journey back in time to the days when there were no antibiotics to fight often lethal bacteria and then follow in the footsteps of Alexander Fleming on his road to the discovery that was to revolutionize medicine and affect the lives of every one of us.

See for yourself the small laboratory in which Fleming discovered penicillin, now restored to its cramped condition in September 1928, when a petri dish of bacteria became contaminated with a mysterious mould.

Experience the thrill of the story of the discovery of penicillin in the place where is actually took place. Then retrace through displays and a video the thrilling story of a great scientist and his life-saving discovery.

Come to the Museum and find out why the discovery of penicillin was perhaps one of the most significant events of the twentieth-century and why it continues to play a vital part in the ever continuing fight against bacteria and disease.

The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum is designated an International Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry. It has received an award for penicillin as the most important health advance in the last century from the Republic of San Marino and an award as a National Millennium Treasure.


  • Adults: £4.00; Children, students, senior citizens, UB40 holders: £2.00
  • Staff and students of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London School of Medicine can visit the museum for free if they show their ID badge.
  • Caters to 15+ languages
  • No wheelchair access
  • No prior registration required for this event – just turn up!

Event Detail

May 9, 2019 10:00 am
May 9, 2019 1:00 pm


Alexander Fleming Museum