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Old Operating Theatre Museum

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Old Operating Theatre Museum

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Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is situated in a herb garret in the roof of St Thomas's Church. Built in 1822 for poor women, the theatre has been restored with original furniture and equipment, including a nineteenth-century operating table, surgical instruments and pathological specimens. Visitors enter via a vertiginous wooden staircase to view a pre-anaesthetic operating theatre with tiered viewing seats for students; sanitised reenactments are sometimes held – just as gruesome as the operating tools that look like torture implements. Temporary exhibitions also take place, which often combine art with explorations of pathology.

Old Operating Theatre Museum says
Venture off the beaten path, up the old, narrow, 52 wooden step spiral staircase and back in time. Enter the original timber framed Herb Garret and the oldest surviving Surgical Theatre in Europe, still hidden away in the attic of an early eighteenth-century church. You're welcome to wander in and explore our comprehensive collection of Victorian medical artefacts and curiosities on your own, or, for those looking for something a bit more extra-ordinary, may we suggest our increasingly popular Events Programme?
We offer regularly scheduled talks, walks, demonstrations, film nights, family activity workshops, as well as special events and performances.
Please see our website for full information.



Address: St Thomas Church
9a St Thomas St
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Admission: £20 flat rate for group of 6
Opening hours: Open Sat-Sun 10:30am-5pm
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