Medical museums in London
Time Out prescribes a look at some of the capital's best medical collections
If mainstream museums leave you feeling jaded, London’s medical museums offer rich pickings for anyone prepared to make a bit of an effort. As well as dazzling spaces such as the Wellcome Collection and the Science Museum, there are numerous more esoteric venues to explore. Sometimes open by appointment only and staffed by volunteers, occasionally dusty, often based in somewhat obscure institutions, these quirky collections nevertheless have a complex story to tell, of developments in the medical sciences and remarkable men and women who have made a mark in their field.
Displays draw on the fascinating hoard of ninteteenth-century pharmaceutical entrepreneur Sir Henry Wellcome, while excellent temporary exhibitions combine items from the extensive collection with loans and contemporary art to tackle medical topics thematically.