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. The Wellcome has recently undergone a £17.5 million development project, which has 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.
Please note that The Wellcome Collection is closed 24-26 December 2016.
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Electricity: The Spark of Life
Two electric chairs are exhibited side by side in the Wellcome’s latest show. The first, a photograph, illustrates the revolutionary form of capital punishment introduced to New York’s Sing Sing Prison in 1890. The second, with two metal handles on its...Exhibitions Until Sunday June 25 2017 Free
A Museum of Modern Nature
In their latest exhibition, the Wellcome is keen to remind us that nature isn't just a thing that David Attenborough goes on about on the telly: it's part of our immediate, day-to-day lives. And yes, that includes city folk. This show amasses a collection...Thursday June 22 2017 - Sunday October 8 2017 Free
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Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
The Wellcome will cast an eye over the relationship between graphic design and health in this autumn season show, which will count cautionary posters and neon pharmacy signs among its exhibits.Exhibitions Thursday September 7 2017 - Sunday January 14 2018 Free