Open Week

The Blizard InstituteSpend the afternoon with Centre of the Cell, exploring the weird, wonderful, icky, and inspirational science of cells and the human body.

Centre of the Cell, in Whitechapel’s Blizard Institute, will open its doors to a limited number of families for an afternoon of interactive games, videos, conversations with experts, and explorations of the science of us. Open afternoons will feature timed interactive multimedia shows in our STEM Pod, and hands-on activities and games in our new Neuron Pod.

Each event will explore a different theme: Gross Out (A fun look at snot, sick, scabs, blood, and poo) or Genes and Origins (the stories and science of DNA and evolution).

During your visit, you and your family will be able to relax in the Blizard Institute’s Nucleus Café, buy your own Giant Microbes in the Centre of the Cell shop, and take a peek at the laboratories and offices in the Blizard Institute.

These events are suitable for children aged 7 – 14 and their families.

Monday 19th August 1:00pm – 5:00pm Gross out

Wednesday 21st August 1:00pm – 5:00pm Genes and Origins

For these events you can start your Centre of the Cell visit any time between 1 and 4pm. The last timed welcome talk is at 3.30pm, and the last Pod show experience is at 4pm.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable. However, it may be possible to transfer your tickets to an alternative date or event if required, subject to availability.

Adults (£8.00); Children (£6.00); Concessions (students, over 60s, QMUL staff, disabled visitors) (£6.00); Under 3s (free)

Book your visit now

For enquiries please call 020 7882 2562 or email

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) at all times.