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Electricity is a powerful force of nature, spectacular and thrilling. For centuries, humans battled to harness and control it. Today, electricity is central to our existence. We use it without thinking about it and only notice when it isn’t there.

Featuring stunning commissions from three contemporary artists, Electricity: The spark of life examines how scientists experimented with electricity to understand and control it, and how mass generation and distribution changed our lives.

Through iconic objects such as Edison lightbulbs and emerging smart technologies, we uncover how supply companies convinced us of electricity’s importance and explore electricity’s place in a low carbon future.

This is a Wellcome Collection exhibition in collaboration with Teylers Museum, Netherlands and the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester.

If you’re visiting with children, pick up a trail and guide yourself through the exhibition with games and challenges. Or visit Spark Space, our activity zone within the gallery.

Image copyright: The Museum of London 

Special events


Date: 22 October – 15 February
Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older

What would win in a fight: a bulb or a blender? Household items go to war in this electrifying, audience-powered family friendly show.


Date: Saturday 1 December
Age: Recommended for ages 8 and older

Delve into the wonderful world of local scientist James Joule, who experimented with engines, heat and electricity.


We are looking for Visitor Engagement Volunteers to help with Electricity: The spark of life. 

For more information and to apply for this role, please visit the Science Museum Group recruitment site.

Exhibition partners

Major sponsor

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Event partner