New London exhibition delves into the science behind Russia’s royal murders

New London exhibition delves into the science behind Russia’s royal murders

17 July 2018

A new exhibition piecing together the the grisly execution of Russia’s royal family is set to open at the London Science Museum.

Heralded as one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century, the exact fate of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, who were killed by Soviet revolutionaries in 1918, remained uncertain for almost a century.

Their final resting place remained a state secret until 1989, when forensic testing stepped in to confirm whether the remains really were those of the murdered royals.

The exhibition, The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution, will unravel the science behind the forensic investigation, giving visitors the chance to examine evidence from the scene, including the Tsarina’s diamond earring and dentures from the Royal Physician. It will also unpick the 3D reconstruction and DNA testing that gave scientists the final pieces of vital evidence, including blood samples given by the Duke of Edinburgh to help unpick the imperial mystery.

The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution will open on Friday 21 September 2018. For further information and to book free tickets, click here.