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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States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
This exhibition follows on from the first instalment of States of Mind which saw artist Ann Veronica Janssens fill a room with beautiful multicoloured mist which visitors queued for hours to get enveloped in. Enlisting the help of artists, philosophers,...Until Sunday October 16 2016 FreeRead more
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This Is a Voice
Walk through the soundproofed corridor that opens the Wellcome Collection’s latest show and you hear a surprising sound: birdsong. What place does this twittering have in an exhibition about the human voice? It’s astonishing to enter Marcus Coates’s installation...Exhibitions Until Sunday July 31 2016 FreeRead more
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Bedlam: The Asylum
Asylums are, thank God, a thing of the past in the UK. But did 'Bedlam' - the nickname for south London's Royal Bethlem Hospital for the mentally ill - do its patients any good? A new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical...Exhibitions Thursday September 15 2016 - Sunday January 15 2017 FreeRead 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!