How do you feed a million fruit flies? How does an eyelash become a scientific tool? Take a look behind the scenes at Britain's biggest lab to discover the astonishing methods driving the latest biomedical advances.
More than a thousand scientists work in the laboratories of the Crick, working together on biomedical research with the potential to transform our health and our lives. Their vital work would be impossible without the teams of specialist technicians who perform incredible feats every day to move us closer to new discoveries.
Let us introduce you to the fly breeders, laser guiders, cell growers, tech fixers and even bottle washers that make the science happen. Visit our free exhibition for an eye-opening glimpse of the people behind the science.
- Entry type Free exhibition
- Location The Francis Crick Institute
- Opening times Today: Full opening times
- Monday: Gallery closed
- Tuesday: Gallery closed
- Wednesday: 10:00 - 20:00
- Thursday: 10:00 - 15:00 (7 November only, normally 10:00 - 16:00)
- Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
- Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
- Sunday: Gallery closed
How do they do it?
How do they do it?
Could you dismantle unfamiliar technology to fix a fault? Or fill a thousand bottles with identical ingredients every time? Could you feed a fruit fly or manage a robot?
From school-leavers learning on the job, to highly trained technical experts, these teams must work together to push the boundaries of science.
Meet a Scientist
Throughout the exhibition, scientists, technicians and engineers will be popping into the gallery to share behind-the-scenes insights into how they make science happen. Bring your curiosity, have a chat and get hands-on with historical and modern scientific equipment.
These hands-on workshops explore the themes of the exhibition and celebrate the links between art and science. Suitable for all the family, they are a chance to get creative while finding out about Crick research.
Crick Chats are evening discussion events that bring you face to face with researchers working at the Francis Crick Institute and our partner organisations. Hear about their work, ask a burning question, or just enjoy a chat: Crick chats are friendly, informal and accessible to all.
Our exhibition invites you to step behind the scenes into the fascinating world of our specialist technicians. Now it's your turn to get involved.
How many cell types are there at the Crick? What proportion of genes do humans and flies share? Challenge yourself by taking our quiz.