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
Making Nature: How we See Animals
Mental asylums. Mind-altering drugs. Dirt. The Wellcome Collection has carved out a rep for delivering exhibitions that are outlandish without ever being sensationalist. And while the premise of their latest show – the relationship between humans and...Until Sunday May 21 2017
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Man! I feel like a...
What does it mean to be macho? Is it defined by muscles? A deep voice? A reluctance to shed tears and feelings around others? Explore the meaning of masculinity at this Wellcome Collection late night special, where artists and experts will share a platform...Talks and lectures Friday April 7 2017
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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
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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.
My first visit to the museum today and it's absolutely charming. Everyone will be interested in the displays on offer - history of medicine and the human body. So "visitor friendly" with audio and visual displays and loads of seating. I didn't have time to wend my way past the beanbags on the stairs to make my way up to the library but I'll be back to peruse further. The shop on the ground floor has interesting books and souvenirs. Cafe is expensive.
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!