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Old Operating Theatre

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating...more
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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7188 2679
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a really interesting place to visit. It has a lot of old tools that were used for surgeries. It is a little graphic so I would be careful with kids but it is very interesting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Unit00I
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tucked away behind London Bridge station is this little gem of a museum. The museum itself is up a very narrow spiral staircase of 32 steps (wouldn’t recommend for people with accessibility difficulties or buggies, also no toilet FYI), in the belfry of an old...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sharkiem
Reviewed 4 days ago

After climbing approx. 50 steps of a spiral staircase, with rope supports, you reach the reception. The museum has old medical instruments, methods of learning about the body, medicines & procedures, the history of how hospitals worked. Then you go into the operating theatre, as...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Although it's only a small place to visit it has lots to see & take in. Children of today will be amazed how the operating theatre of the late 1800's worked, together with all the instruments used.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to find near London Bridge tube station- enter via a 52 stair spiral staircase. Small and perfect is the way I’d describe this venue. The Herb Garret is packed with medical and pharmaceutical artefacts of days gone by. The talk is carried out in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have seen this museum on the net before so wanted to check it out. Wasn't disappointed at all, its a very small place so don't go expecting a mass of exhibits and cafes and shops etc. It's a quirky little. Place that you have to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank angeleyes1371
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky museum close to the Shard and Borough Market. Old operating theatre dating to Victorian times. Original operating equipment plus good apothecary exhibition. Lucky to listen to a talk about grave robbers!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank N8827WOrichardj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overheard tourists talking about this place and thought as a Londoner I should have known about it! We were surprised and taken aback at the unusual theatre and museum set in an attic. We loved it and so will the kids. Most definitely worth a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rosanna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Operating Department Practitioner Student, visited as part of course, amazed how far we have come. Stairs to get up to the OR, very small and steep!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 257charlotter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated close to Guys Hospital this is a quirky museum which is suitable for all ages. It is centred around a preserved and authentic Victorian operating theatre. You enter by an ancient wooden winding staircase. The first rooms include a large display of artifacts including...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Hildur H | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I brought a huge camera and was in there for a long time (I didn1t use flash, so I don't know if they have a rule against that). The staff smiled at me :-) The pictures were great and I am very happy I took them :-)
19 June 2018|
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Response from Mayfly17 | Reviewed this property |
About 30 mins of glorious gory
18 March 2018|
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Response from Waterdown | Reviewed this property |
There should not be any problems leaving your suitcase. The guy at the ticket counter was very nice. When we went, the ticket counter was upstairs so you will have to carry the suitcase up the narrow stairs. So it will... More