Hunterian Museum

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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
Address: Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (closed Mon and Sun)
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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Alanna S

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

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

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.