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Open House 2019

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Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

A chance to explore the history and architectural highlights of Carlton House Terrace, the home of the UK’s national academy of science.

The Royal Society marble staircase

Over the weekend, visitors are invited to discover the secrets of the Grade I listed, Nash-designed town houses that are home to the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Uncover countless treasures behind the doors of 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, including portraits of Royal Society Fellows dating back to the 1600s, an ornate mother-of-pearl inlay ceiling, and features from the building's time as the pre-WWII German Embassy.

Tours of the building will be available every 30 minutes with limited spaces. Visitors can explore the building at their own pace with a self-guided tour, available to collect on the day free of charge. 

Delve into the world of volcanoes with our exhibition Fiery Earth: the volcano and the Royal Society. This exhibition looks at how scientists struggled to understand volcanoes and why the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 gave urgency to discovering more about what lies beneath the surface of our planet. 

What is Open House?

Open House is a simple but powerful concept: hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open up their doors to all, completely without charge. 

This unique opportunity to access and understand architecture is a chance to look at everyday buildings anew, and communicates the value of a well-designed city to everybody who uses it. For more information visit the Open House website.

For all enquiries, please contact events@royalsociety.org.

Take a virtual tour of the Royal Society

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors will open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Last entry will be at 4.15pm
  • Tours of the building will take place every 30 minutes and can be booked free of charge upon arrival at the building. Spaces will be limited to 16 people per tour and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis
  • As this is a popular event, please be prepared to queue
  • Travel and accessibility information
Open House 2019

A chance to explore the history and architectural highlights of Carlton House Terrace, the home of the UK’s national academy of science.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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