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Medical Museion

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Address: Bredgade 62, Copenhagen 1260, Denmark
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+45 35 32 38 00
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Exploring, understanding and treating the body has always been the job of...

Exploring, understanding and treating the body has always been the job of medicine. At Medical Museion we explore what medicine means for our lives – in the past, present and future. Medical Museion is a museum for everyone who has a body and is curious about how it is has been understood and treated, from Antiquity to Genetics.

Exhibitions at Medical Museion draw on the museum’s vast collection of historical objects. However, you can also encounter cutting edge medical research and practice. The exhibitions take you on a journey through the world of medicine from historical understandings of our bodies to current challenges in public health such as obesity. The Body Collected (opened in 2015) lays out how medicine has collected the human body for research and teaching throughout history, running up to the present day.

Guests are invited to join one of our guided tours (included in admission price) for a general introduction to the exhibitions, however, we also encourage you to explore the museum on your own. Do make sure to check out the museum’s calendar for special events, including Evening Consultations.

Medical Museion is a university museum where scholars do research in science communication and medical humanities, often based in or contributing to the exhibitions. Many of the museum’s activities are experimental - both in format and content. Examples include the open collection room for Psychiatry, and the contemporary research focus of Room for Ageing.

The Royal Surgical Academy

Medical Museion is based in the buildings of the old Surgical Academy from 1787. Traces of the past are still evident in the exhibition rooms. At the centre of the museum is the anatomical theatre in which generations of medical student witnessed dissections of corpses and learned about anatomy. The anatomical theatre is still used for public lectures, doctoral defences and teaching. Medical Museion also hosts concerts, performance art and theatre in its historical surroundings, and arranges public events based on the exhibitions.

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It is an old building near the harbor, lots of dead bodies, organs etc. Most of the times its also translated in English, exept for the game you can play: it is only Danish. Maybe... read more

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is an old building near the harbor, lots of dead bodies, organs etc. Most of the times its also translated in English, exept for the game you can play: it is only Danish. Maybe they will do something about that. If you got spare time: visit this museum!

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This place sold Copenhagen for my partner and I. We're fascinated by bones and medical oddities so had to give it a go. The place isn't big and you can get around it in an hour/hour and a half. There's some interesting medical instruments and history of medicine exhibitions, but we visited for the human bones and pickled foetuses/babies. It... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

An interesting place to spend an hour or so if you are keen on science and / or medicine. It is quite small, but good value and has lots to look at. Don't take your kids though, as a good number of the exhibits are body parts or complete bodies with some sort of illness or deformity. It also has... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great tour(way to short) as part of an evening program at a conference . The specimen on display are in amazingly good shape. If your in medicine this is a must see. Some things maybe be a bit to much for the light hearted! Take the guided tour.

Thank Lynne H
Armadale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

First time visiting a medical museum. It was very interesting seeing how different illnesses affect the human body. The museum itself is relatively small in size but it was great value for money (150dkk for 2 adults). Our tour guide was very knowledgable and had great English. Definitely worth a visit if you're looking for something a bit different -... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This museum is full of unique interesting specimens that you wouldn't see in other cities! Tons of fascinating facts and a million things to learn here regarding medicine, medical history and biology but it is NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED! Very graphic and not suitable for children in my opinion. Not the biggest Museum so I think it's a bit... More 

Thank Char M
Seinajoki, Finland
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This place is great if you are interested in medical history. Boyfriend was a bit pale after looking at all those organs, bones and deformed fetuses. You can also see a video of a stomach bypass surgery. Also history of the building is interesting. A must see!

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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

For a nerd in any field of medicine, this is the place to be! Very elaborate explanation as you go through the history of medicine specially how to deal with obesity from different aspects as you start from historical time until the current time. Babies in Jar with multiple syndromes were my favorite followed by the display of advancements to... More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We visited the medical museum on a recent visit to Copenhagen. We took part in the free tour which was in english provided by one of the medical students that worked in the museum. The students working there were very friendly and helpful. The tour was very interesting and informative, it lasted about an hour. There were many exhibitions in... More 

Thank Karin C
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Fascinating for science lovers. Great place to go for an interesting hour as it's not that big. 50DKK entry, Open 12-4 Tuesday-Sunday with free English tour on Sunday at 1.30. Lots of it you will already know if you are into science/medicine and biology however the highlight was definitely the room of preserved body parts they have collected over the... More 

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