Hunterian Museum

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Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK and is based on the items assembled by John Hunter, surgeon and anatomist (1728-1793). The collection comprises more than 3,500 anatomical and pathological preparations, fossils, paintings and drawings and also includes specimens donated by Edward Jenner and Sir Joseph Banks. Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum include the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne, a collection of surgical instruments dating from the seventeenth century, carbolic sprays used by Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, the tooth of a megatherium (an extinct giant sloth) donated by Charles Darwin – and Winston Churchill’s dentures.

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Venue name: Hunterian Museum
Contact:
Address: Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3PE
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (closed Mon and Sun)
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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Summon your inner goth with this absolutely perfect museum!


I have a total soft spot for those museums that are basically some nuts old dudes obsessive collection (Wellcome, Horniman, Pitts Rivers) so this is right up my street anyway. but what is super special about this place is the display techniques, very tall glass cabinets with jars containing all manner of gross and intriguing body parts and medical equipment from yesteryear, all up lit like some really spooky scene from Scooby Doo.


Its always super quiet in there and never seems to be too busy, lots of art students slumped on the floor with sketch books and goths on cute scary dates... its one of those places that makes you feel like London is really special and thats reason enough to go for me.


Lucy Loo
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We are so lucky to have such weird and wonderful places to visit in London and all completely for free! This museum houses a fascinating collection of human and animal body parts, some of which you need to have a strong stomach to view! 


You can spend a whole afternoon wandering around this quirky place... a very fun, yet odd place to visit with your friends or by yourself. Every Londoner should visit at least once.

Julie R
Tastemaker

The museum is both fascinating and gruesome.  It is a vast collection of jars of diseased bits of bodies other curiosities.  I has only been open for a few years, although most of the exhibits are from the 1800s and have been in storage for some time since the original museum closed.


I have never been to a museum before where whilst reading about the fascinating history of the exhibits, I have the underlying urge to heave at the thought that I am staring at a syphilitic knee. Usually for me, a trip to a museum is followed by a trip to the cafĂ© for a nice cake and drink, but I had no appetite for cake after visiting the Hunterian.  Don't let this put you off though, it is very interesting an unusual and a lovely quirky thing to have in London

Alanna S
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This museum is a kooky surprise with everything from two headed cats to a collection of human genetalia. The artefacts are well curated and you could spend hours wandering round.

Angela L
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I had no idea the collection would be SO extensive... you can easily spend hours in here if you wanted to really see everything. There's even some nooks and crannies that you might miss. Shelves of animal horns and human bones... it's pretty gruesome (foetus at all stages of development) and infected bones/skulls... it's cool, it's morbid and macabre... and after you can relax in the sun at Lincoln's Inn the Fields... much needed after all the gore!

Chesca R
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Great museum but not for the faint hearted. I advise parents of teenage boys to take them there for an educational day trip as the plethora of STD riddled penises/penii will do more than sex education ever can.