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Hunterian Museum

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Address: 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7405 3474
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Was amazing! So interesting, and informative. I need to come back when it is less busy and do some sketches from all these interesting specimens. Only point - would have lived to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was amazing! So interesting, and informative. I need to come back when it is less busy and do some sketches from all these interesting specimens. Only point - would have lived to have bought postcard prints of specimens and/ or a detailed drawing of specimens from the shop - shop is very limited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this place unexpectedly while having coffee not far from there. It couldn't believe the gem we found!!! This place if full of treasures for the curious mind. I do not have any medical background, neither does my girlfriend, but we were delightfully admiring the contents of each single jar there was! All the research in médecine and anatomy conducted... More 

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Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great find! Spent an enjoyable hour looking at its freaky exhibits. Fascinating. Probably not for the faint hearted though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked free tickets for evening in Halloween week and wasn't disappointed, so many fascinating exhibits, an area where we could model our own specimens and an entertaining and ghoulish talk on the anatomy of a hanging. We were not allowed to take photos and can understand why. We will definitely be coming back as there is so much to see.

Thank KAW687
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved my visit, it was absolutely fantastic seeing all of the amazing exhibits. There are so many things to look at, I could have spent hours. It's bigger than it looks on pictures as well as there's a main central room and then an upstairs bit. Some of the museum was sadly closed for refurbishment but there was more... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The story behind the musuem is interesting. However what is displayed in it might be only interesting for Doctors and Scientists. Is not that big.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in the Royal College of Surgeons, this is a fascinating extensive collection of things anatomical - both human and animal, with plenty of information on the exhibits. Also surgical equipment, and lots of stuff that make you glad you didn't live before modern medicine. There is also a research library with exhibitions and very helpful librarians.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being in the healthcare profession meant I could waste hours here. Only negative I had was there was information about a transplant exhibition online but it had ended by the day we arrived. Will no doubt visit many more times in the future.

Thank Nattypatty
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Royal College of Surgeons is an incredible collonnaded venue that conceals an absolutely amazing treasure- The Hunterian Museum. The museum showcases the best and worst of medical/ surgical advancements over the last three centuries. There are jars of specimens preserved in formaldehyde, Lister's couch, Babbage's brain, the skeleton of the Irish Giant, a skeleton of a hanged man and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in to have a look at this. Was more interesting to my wife who has medical background but nethertheless it was still interesting to read about the history of surgery in London. Entry is free

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