Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade, now displayed here. In addition to these fascinating and often grisly items-ivory carvings of pregnant women, used guillotine blades, Napoleon’s toothbrush- there are several serious works of modern art, most on display in a smaller room to one side of the main chamber of curiosities. The temporary exhibitions are often brilliant and come with all manner of associated events, from talks to walks. The Wellcome has recently undergone a £17.5 million development project, which has opened up even more areas of the building to the public including two new galleries and the beautiful Reading Room, which is a combination of library, gallery and event space.
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183 Euston Rd
|Opening hours:||Galleries: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm Library: Mon-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm|
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Bedlam: The Asylum
‘They call it madness,’ as Prince Buster sang, but they’ve called it loads of other things too. ‘Insanity’ crops up (in Georgian Britain it was a legal rather than a medical status) and a new utopian asylum concept even has a shot at reclaiming ‘mad’....Exhibitions Until Sunday January 15 2017 FreeRead more
Making Nature: How we See Animals
Darwin might have proved that, when all's said and done, humans are no different to the rest of the animal kindgdom – but we've never treated them the same. This show – another marvellous quirk from the Wellcome – brings together over 100 artefacts to...Until Sunday May 21 2017Read more
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I don't come here nearly enough. It's wonderfully weird, especially if you're into things related to medicine, biology and the mind. But even if you're not, there's enough happening here to keep you intrigued, like the Medicine Man exhibition - a permanent collection which presents the story of the museum's founder Henry Wellcome. A late Saturday afternoon is a good time to go; it's not too busy so you'll have time to visit all galleries. Swing by the cafe too - it's a great meetup spot.
My first visit to the museum today and it's absolutely charming. Everyone will be interested in the displays on offer - history of medicine and the human body. So "visitor friendly" with audio and visual displays and loads of seating. I didn't have time to wend my way past the beanbags on the stairs to make my way up to the library but I'll be back to peruse further. The shop on the ground floor has interesting books and souvenirs. Cafe is expensive.
This is my favorite museum in London! Temporary and permanent exhibitions are very diverse and interesting (and free!). Watch out at the weekends as it can get very busy. The shop is also well worth a visit!
An excellent collection full of interesting and informative exhibits. Especially the exhibitions that change, are always well done!
I always try to visit whenever I am in the area. I find the collections fascinating and accessible - you do not have to be a specialist of the subject to understand the exhibits. They have the perfect combination of interactive exhibits and visual displays, I particularly like the 'Life, Genes and You' exhibition. Phenomenal!