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Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

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Massively informative.

A great hidden gem in the heart of the city. If you want to know more about the history of medicine... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David K
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Small history of medicine Museum, Worth visiting

This is quite a small museum but very well laid out, worth watching the short video first, we... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Peter P
Andover, United Kingdom
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The museum exhibits objects and archives dating back to the 12th century, from the hospital's unique historical collections, and gives visitors the opportunity to view two vast and spectacular paintings by William Hogarth. Visitors can also enjoy...more
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Giltspur Street | West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, England
City of London
+44 20 3465 5798
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a quick visit if you are a patient yourself or visiting someone who is. It is only a small museum but it explains the history of "Barts", as it is fondly known. Starting from 1123 when the hospital and priory were founded, it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great hidden gem in the heart of the city. If you want to know more about the history of medicine in our capital city this is a must.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is quite a small museum but very well laid out, worth watching the short video first, we combined this with a visit to the Church of St Bartholomew the great, a great way to spend a couple of hours

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter P
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is a small museum that covers the nearly 900 year history of this hospital. The introductory 5 minute video is worthwhile. There are many outstanding exhibits covering the land grants, medical advancements, nursing history, the medical school....Well worth 45 minutes to an hour.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

Very small but has some interesting information about the history of medicine (blood letting, for example) and that surgeons were looked down upon by "real" doctors. I was doing a number of the area's "smaller" attractions so this fit into my plans and I'm glad...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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KateSBH, Manager at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

We're sorry that you didn't manage to see the Grand Staircase, with its huge paintings by William Hogarth, which may be viewed from the back of the museum. This is the staircase in the photograph you mention.

Reviewed 21 June 2018

Follow the signs to the museum from Bart's historic courtyard and the entrance is a door under the main gate (it is easy to miss). The museum is small (takes about an hour to visit) but very interesting; it interprets the history of Bart's using...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This museum contains a whole load of historical, interesting items. You have to look hard to find the museum itself, but easily worth the hunt! Love looking at such old artifacts used in medicine.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Went here to see to see the Pathology lab but they were closed was able to look in side briefly thanks to an employee but he said that I could look but not go insideMore

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nick159
KateSBH, Manager at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thanks for your comment. There are no pathology labs or specimens at St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum. You can find visitor information at bartshealth.nhs.uk/bartsmuseum. Barts Pathology Museum, which is also on the hospital site, is not open to the public, and is part of Barts and...More

Reviewed 5 December 2017

My friend and I were going for an exhibition and I didn't expect much as I did not even know they had a museum We were pleasantly surprised however. Because altho small, it was very informative and was a good day out... after what felt...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Xcloose
KateSBH, Manager at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

So pleasedf to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Just to clarify, access to the museum is up two steps, although a ramp is available. Hopefully not too tiring on the legs after a busy day!

Reviewed 8 October 2017

This little gem of a museum is almost hidden in the Hospital's North Wing but a real find. The artefacts are historically interesting and informative. It warrants a return visit when I have more time. Tours are advertised for 2pm on Fridays but cost £7.

Date of experience: October 2017
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louise h
23 September 2018|
Response from KateSBH | Property representative |
Hi Thanks for your enquiry. Yes, St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum will be open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, throughout November. You can find visitor information at bartshealth.nhs.uk/bartsmuseum Thanks