Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection, London: Hours, Address, Wellcome Collection Reviews: 4.5/5

Wellcome Collection
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Art Museums
Read more
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Our doors have re-opened and we can’t wait to see you. You will need to book a ticket to enter the venue, and follow our safety measures. To book your ticket and to find out more, visit our website. You can also explore our online events, collections and Stories on our website. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art. Our galleries are closed on Mondays, however the library and cafe are open from 10.00-18.00. We are part of the Wellcome Trust, which was established under Sir Henry Wellcome's will in 1936. Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, which aims to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Wellcome Collection and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
How to get there
  • Euston Square • 2 min walk
  • London Euston • 3 min walk
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Restaurants
10,000 within 5 kms
Attractions
2,103 within 10 kms
Popular mentions

4.5
995 reviews
Excellent
596
Very good
301
Average
68
Poor
16
Terrible
15

Traveller of the world
1,110 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
This is a really interesting free museum. Most of the exhibitions I have been to have been really interesting and you learn a lot. Well laid out and easy to understand. Some exhibitions are permanent but others change. They also do talks and workshops. Check online. With the ongoing pandemic, these are not as frequent but I am sure they will schedule more as things improve. There are a few floors. The museum always has a nice atmosphere. Never too busy so you can enjoy the exhibitions. Thursday they open late till 20:00. The library is also nice. There is a café as you enter the museum. I don't think the shop nor the restaurant were open from what I could see, but check as I may be wrong. Despite government guidelines changing, the museum does request that you wear a face covering unless exempt and to help with social distancing they have printed mini booklets to avoid people gathering at information boards which is also useful. Very clean. Staff are always pleasant and friendly.
Written 31 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mike J
Luton, UK47 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This free venue hosts a variety of exhibitions we went to the Joy Exhibition And the Reading Room. The exhibition was interesting moving from defining joy chemically with dance into other areas. We had a good 40 minutes before enjoying the interactive installation at the end of the exhibition.
Then onto the peaceable and beautiful reading room.
Written 4 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paula M
Littlehampton, UK43 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
My daughter suggested visiting the Wellcome and I thought it was a great idea. I remember visiting the Wellcome back in the 80s when I was a student nurse nearby. The Wellcome is certainly not how I remember. Where were the bits of bodies in formaldehyde that were so horribly riveting? It was interesting in places. The surgical instruments and prostheses for example, however a lot of it was very bland indeed. Sanitised almost. The Joy Exhibit we walked through quickly. Not interested in projected dances of joy. Bring back the body parts I say!
Written 25 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amethyst627
York, UK123 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This was a nice pre-booked stop off before catching the train home. The museum is welcoming with good facilities. The exhibitions are varied and immersive and we found lots to hold our attention.
Written 1 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sally o
Norwich, UK23 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Absolutely fascinating. Beautifully curated. Loved the Joy and Tranquility exhibitions. Especially the walk through the forest.
Written 28 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

F E R N
London, UK347 contributions
Nov 2021
A Magnificent and Extra-ordinary Collection, seeing Henry Wellcome's collection gives you much insight and understanding in to how dedicated and how much his part is played and contributed in the world of Medicine.

Check it out
Written 28 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Charlotte Hanley
3 contributions
Nov 2021
Arrived on Friday morning with my husband Daniel. He didn’t much like it. However I loved it. Felt tranquil. Felt joy. Happy days.
Written 21 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lily
Acton, UK2 contributions
Nov 2021
Went to see the tranquility/Joy exhibition and I genuinely felt calm and joyful in those spaces! See a lot of people complaining about the content on display and it being too arty... honestly find that confusing because isn't that exactly what art is, subjective and not tailored to everyone.... I didn't like everything on display but I don't think that detracts from the overall experience in anyway as I don't go to an exhibition expecting that everything will have value to me.

Anyway, I liked it a lot and have no complaints
Written 18 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

J-thang
United Kingdom2 contributions
Jul 2021
I had passed this often for years, always wanted to go in and explore but was always too busy when I was in town.

Well we finally got the time and went; expecting to see some interesting artefacts and read/hear a few stories about the history of medicine (etc) from Wellcome’s unique collection.

Instead I saw large tracts of space filled with illuminated photos of forests, photos of folk dancing, spacemen models made from rubbish etc. Quite frankly all a bit ‘1990s pretentious art gallery’; yawn.

Some interesting articles , on bio-hacking for instance were rather alarmist, sensationalist and in the end factually inaccurate. Has the smell of poor journalism about it to be honest, more like internet click-bait than a trusted collection.

I did, however like the exploration of diversity and culture but I thought it missed an opportunity to explore the positive impact and contribution that all cultures and peoples have made to healthcare and medicine worldwide, as well as how we are all facing the challenges of the future, together.

On reflection I feel that the curators have taken a massive and unique collection and shoved it into storage in favour of hackneyed old ‘installation’ art that had its proper last gasp 20 years ago.

In short a waste of time. Far better art experiences (and far far better celebration of everyones contribution to a caring and healthy society) to be had elsewhere.
Written 16 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chan G
Reading, UK199 contributions
Oct 2021
I really enjoyed the Tranquillity exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. The staff were friendly however as it was my first time visiting I wasn't really given any direction of where to go.
I had booked my ticket for this exhibition but was able to freely walk around and visit other ones (Joy & human body one), not a complaint but an observation of lack of communication from staff.
Luckily I was confident enough to find my own way around and found the toilets and locker space.
Written 7 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 903
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Wellcome Collection tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 2 Wellcome Collection tours on Tripadvisor