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. A £17.5 million development project 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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|Venue name:||Wellcome Collection|
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 Rail: Euston|
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I'm very fond of this quirky gallery. It's exhibits are interesting and easily digested if you visit on Thursday evenings when it's open late, like I did.
The gift shop has solved my gift buying dilemmas on many occasions, with it's wide array of interesting books and gadgets.
The cafe and restaurant are excellent, whether you want a quick coffee and a catch up or something more substantial.
However my favorite place is the reading room on the second floor where you are encouraged to flick through (replica) folios, read books and play games.
Go visit if you are ever in the neighborhood. It's just across the road from euston station.
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.
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!