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  1. © Oliver Knight / Time Out
    © Oliver Knight / Time Out
  2. From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' – © Wellcome Library, London
    From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' – © Wellcome Library, London
  3. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  4. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  5. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  6. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  7. Wandering Moon', shadow installation 2013 – © Wellcome Images, Courtesy B-Floor Theatre/Wandering Moon
    Wandering Moon', shadow installation 2013 – © Wellcome Images, Courtesy B-Floor Theatre/Wandering Moon
  8. Shoichi KOGA, "Seitenmodoki" – © Wellcome Images
    Shoichi KOGA, "Seitenmodoki" – © Wellcome Images
  9. © Wellcome Library, London
    © Wellcome Library, London
  10. 'Monster Soup...' by William Heath – © Wellcome Library, London
    'Monster Soup...' by William Heath – © Wellcome Library, London
  11. Dana Salvo, From the series 'The Day, the Night and the Dead' – © Clark Gallery, courtesy Wellcome Collection
    Dana Salvo, From the series 'The Day, the Night and the Dead' – © Clark Gallery, courtesy Wellcome Collection
  12. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  13. Cafe – © Wellcome Images
    Cafe – © Wellcome Images
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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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Details

Address:
183 Euston Rd
London
NW1 2BE
Transport:
Tube: Euston Rail: Euston
Price:
Free
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
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In Plain Sight

  • 4 out of 5 stars

This substantial – and free – exhibition uses its tight focus, the eye, to examine a great big heap of provoking ideas and quirky, fascinating things. It’s about how we see: physically, artistically, historically, medically and spiritually. It also glances at experience of becoming blind– lyrically, via an ethereally beautiful new VR artwork describing a writer’s loss of sight and cultivation of an inner eye. We start with striking examples of the all-seeing eye: from a precious ancient Egyptian amulet Eye of Horus, to folkier but no less striking Ojos de Dios, Mexican ‘gods eyes’ woven from bright colourful wool. It’s fun to ramble through the curiosities, glimpsing eye symbols being used to ward off evil and illness. A stunning modern version of a magical robe gleams, and is pieced from hundreds of individual squares like armour, each inscribed with the symbol of a deadly virus like Corona.  The show brilliantly illuminates the medical history and anthropology of vision and the eye The medical science section has equally striking stuff: like a superbly calibrated contraption for measuring eyesight and lens thickness that looks like a steampunk torture device, and fascinating paraphernalia surrounding writer Aldous Huxley and the American specialist who claimed to cure his extreme short-sightedness via patent 'eye exercises'.  I loved the mini-history of eyewear, starting with ancient inuit snow goggles. More glam are the green-lensed 'Goldoni glasses', probably named after

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