The Alexander Fleming Museum

Embark on a journey through the corridors of medical history as you explore the hidden gem that preserves the legacy of Sir Alexander Fleming, the brilliant mind behind the discovery of penicillin.

Nestled within the walls of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of science and innovation as you unravel the story of this pioneering figure whose ground-breaking work revolutionised medicine.

Sir Alexander Fleming made an indelible mark on history through his groundbreaking work at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Born in 1881, Fleming’s legacy is most notably associated with his discovery of penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic. In 1928, while working at St. Mary’s, he observed the mold Penicillium notatum’s inhibitory effect on bacterial growth, leading to the revolutionary breakthrough.

Fleming’s discovery of penicillin revolutionized medicine, paving the way for the development of antibiotics and transforming the treatment of bacterial infections. His contributions earned him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945.

The Alexander Fleming Museum at St. Mary’s Hospital commemorates his life and work, offering a glimpse into the laboratory where this transformative discovery took place. The museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and insights into Fleming’s scientific journey, underscoring his enduring impact on the world of medicine. It stands as a tribute to a visionary scientist whose work continues to shape medical practices globally.

Read the museum brochure here. 

The Museum is open without appointment Mondays to Thursdays 10am to 1pm and at other times on weekdays for groups by advance appointment. It is closed on public holidays.

The Museum will be closed over Christmas/New Year from 23 December 2023 to 7 January inclusive 2024.

Please email museum curator Kevin Brown to secure a booking: