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  • The Francis Crick Institute is a fantastic place for learning and fun, great for families as they have their Family Zone.
  • Don't miss out on the fun activities the Crick Institute offers for families to get your brains buzzing, perfect for budding scientists and the curious alike.
  • Are you interested in meeting a scientist? The Crick Institute often has Q&A sessions where you can meet a scientist and see what they have to say, make sure not to miss out.
  • Make sure to check out the free exhibitions that the Francis Crick Institute regularly holds; the state-of-the-art building is just as impressive.

The Francis Crick Institute is an inspiring place, a centre of research dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying human health and disease. Named after one of Britain's greatest scientists Francis Crick, and James Watson, the Institute pays homage to Watson and Crick. The Institute works to understand why disease develops and to ensure these discoveries become new methods to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases and infections. 

In a unique partnership with other organisations such as University College London, Imperial College London, KCL and research centres like Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust, the Francis Crick Institute fosters interdisciplinary research. This way, they can discover the newest and best technologies to understand human biology and treat diseases. They make their work accessible to a young age, so budding scientists and those are interested can learn about these amazing achievements. 

So don't miss out on all the fantastic free exhibitions in London that the Francis Crick Institute put on to showcase their work and give everyone the behind the scenes insight into their research. This is one of the best health and disease museum centres and a fantastic science museum.

It is also an excellent place for families to visit as they offer a variety of scientific activities for the whole family where you can learn about biology, the human body and scientists. Or you can experience one of their notable exhibitions that will inspire you. In their Family Zone, you can try out some kitchen challenges, crazy crafting and meet the brilliant scientists at the Institute. Every week they have new and amazing activities for you, from apps you can try at home, to fun activities at the Institute. From making a lava lamp at home to creating chemical reactions, there'll be a new scientific wonder for you to learn every time!

There is a great café on site, perfect for a post-activity break, or pre-activity boost. Located in central London, there are an array of places to go to eat and drink nearby, with so much to discover just a short distance away. It is worth marvelling at this award-winning building design over a coffee. 

What to know before you go 

  • There is a public café on site, which is situated in the exhibition space and is open during exhibition opening hours (also opens at 11:00 on Saturdays). It serves coffee, tea, delicious sandwiches, lovely pastries and cakes.
  • There are toilets, on-site, situated near the exhibition, on the North side of the exhibition space.
  • There are also baby changing facilities found on the north side of the exhibition space.
  • The Crick Institute building is fully wheelchair accessible. If visitors require extra assistance or specialist facilities, they can either book in advance or speak to a member of staff on arrival at the reception desk.
  • The Midland Road entrance at the Crick Institute provides step-free access to the building. There is also a wheelchair-accessible door, situated next to the revolving doors.
  • The Manby gallery and coffee shop, which are situated on the ground floor, have accessible toilets. Similarly, for lectures and seminars, there are local toilets with disabled access, next to the seminar suite, auditorium and around the building.
  • Guide dogs are allowed in the ground floor area and the collaboration areas on each floor.

Getting there

  • The nearest London Underground Stations are King's Cross St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines). Kings Cross St Pancras Station has step-free access, too. The Crick Institute is also accessible via Euston (Victoria, Northern, London Overground lines).
  • Via bus, take bus routes 45, 46, 214 to stop outside the Crick on Midland Road, or bus routes 10, 30, 59, 73, 91, 205, 390, 476 stop on Euston Road outside the British Library.
  • Via a bicycle, there are cycle stands (three) near the main entrance on Midland Road. There is a Santander docking station nearby; in front of the British Library on Ossulston Street.
  • Via car, there are a small number of accessible parking spaces for blue badge holders outside the Crick on Ossulston Street. There are no car parking facilities on site, and local parking is limited because of the central location. The nearest car parking is at Euston Station and St Pancras Station. You are encouraged to take public transport where possible.
  • Via train, the nearest train (railway) stations are St Pancras International, King's Cross and Euston Stations.

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