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.

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection - © Britta Jaschinski/Time Out

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.

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Browse London's medical museums

Wellcome Collection Science Museum Hunterian Museum Grant Museum of Zoology Old Operating Theatre Museum Freud Museum Florence Nightingale Museum Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society British Optical Association Museum Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum Anaesthesia Heritage Centre BDA Dental Museum Museum of the Order of St John St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum Royal London Hospital Museum Royal College of Physicians Museum

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