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From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' – © Wellcome Library, London
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Wandering Moon', shadow installation 2013 – © Wellcome Images, Courtesy B-Floor Theatre/Wandering Moon
Shoichi KOGA, "Seitenmodoki" – © Wellcome Images
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'Monster Soup...' by William Heath – © Wellcome Library, London
Dana Salvo, From the series 'The Day, the Night and the Dead' – © Clark Gallery, courtesy Wellcome Collection
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Cafe – © Wellcome Images
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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 remains open while undergoing a £17.5 million development project, which will open up even more areas of the building to the public: in autumn 2014, it should reopen fully with a new second gallery and the ‘Reading Room’, which will be a combination of library, gallery and event space.

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Venue name: Wellcome Collection
Address: 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
Transport: Tube: Euston/Euston Square/Warren St Rail: Euston/St Pancras
Price: Free

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  • Until Saturday October 17 2015 Free
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  • Until Sunday September 20 2015 Free
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  • Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015 Free
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An excellent collection full of interesting and informative exhibits. Especially the exhibitions that change, are always well done!

Olivia O'Sullivan

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!