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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
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+44 20 7405 3474
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Visited this museum on the last day that it was open before they closing it for 3 (!) years. Glad we did ! It's a very fascinating exhibition about the early days of anatomy and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this museum on the last day that it was open before they closing it for 3 (!) years. Glad we did ! It's a very fascinating exhibition about the early days of anatomy and surgeries, NOT for the faint hearted ! I think it's especially important for medical students to visit this museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Now closed until Autumn 2020 (alas), the Hunterian Museum stands at the far side of Lincoln Inn Fields (within the Royal College of Surgeons - it can be easy to miss as there is very little external signage to denote its presence). Set over two floors and dedicated to the work of surgeon John Hunter, this is a treasure trove... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited this the day before it closed for major renovations of the building it sits in and not planned to reopen until 2020. It was interesting, and free, but a few things were frustrating with this museum that will hopefully be improved within the new one. There was quite a lot in each cabinet & meant that many people... More 

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went and had a good hour or so taking in the exhibits at this free museum, which included Charles Babbage's brain and the skeleton of a chap who was known as The Irish Giant. We were lucky as it closing for refurbishment, which I believe will take around 3 years.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely bloody fantastic. Bodies in jars, a shelf of pickled male organs, skulls - it's a feast for the eyes. You might not want to bring little ones here, as they could walk out with a few uncomfortable questions afterwards. Highly recommend. Don't prebook a ticket though, that's a giant waste of money.

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Wendover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went yesterday and it is an amazing experience. Unfortunately it is closing next week for a refit and I have no idea when it re-opens. Anyway. Wait until it does and then go visit. The premise is a bit odd but it is so interesting. Collection was started in the 1700s by Mr Hunter who collected all sorts of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum to visit but avoid it if you have soft gut. You will find human and animal parts of body spread up in 2 floors. The visit is not going to take more than 2 hours, unless you want to read all the labels. There is also an area about surgery showing the very first tools used. You will... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have an hour to spare whilst your DD or DS is doing an open day at UCL then head to the Royal College of Surgeons and go upstairs to the amazing free Hunterian museum . Fantastic exhibition all pertaining to human anatomy and physiology . It's fascinating , queasily humorous and mawkishly wonderful . Take in all the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A rare find ! Packed with exhibits very informative ! Very quaint museum ! Loved it ! Highly recommended

Thank havanaLeicester
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant for knowledge! It is indeed a good place to gain more medical knowledge. I'm not in the medical field but found everything interesting I believe it will be even better after the renovation :-)

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