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“Really interesting- worth a visit!”

Wellcome Collection
Ranked #108 of 1,633 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. It explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities. Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
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“Really interesting- worth a visit!”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

This exhibition is really interesting, whether from a medical background or not. Lots of exhibits that make you think (and interact).
not the biggest, but worth popping in whether for 20 minutes or 2 hours or more- and it's free so definitely worth it if you're around the KX area

Visited August 2014
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“What an amazing place!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We went to see the special exhibit, An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition, because we were intrigued by the reviews. We were totally unprepared for the thought provoking, wide ranging, well presented interactive show! Staff members wear t- shirts that say "Ask Me" on the back and seem genuinely happy when you do. The huge room with this exhibit did get noisy when a large group come in, but there were activities to keep children (and adults) occupied and engaged.
Across the hall was another super exhibit, Medicine Now, also hands on, exploratory and fascinating. Several staff apologized because they are in the middle of a huge renovation. We hope to return when this is complete - some time this winter - but we were fully, enjoyably engrossed in what we saw in the 3 hours we were there. Have not had fun learning so much in ages! An added plus: lots of new, clean, easy to find toilet facilities!

Visited August 2014
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

For a string of reasons yesterday we found ourselves having to hang around Euston Station for three hours yesterday. This place was just across Euston Road on the corner of the block to the right of the front of the station so it could not have been nearer or more accessible. It was free too and had a cafe so, having no idea what to expect, we dived in! What an eclectic mix of stuff! The first thing we noticed was one the Gormley iron men from Crosby beach hanging from the ceiling and jewelry made from squashed gold plated trees and it continued to be impressively off the wall and inspiring. In no particular order the things my 10 year old was most struck with were - the shoes made of nails for the Indian Fakir, the 20 minutes he spent looking at coloured Scanning Electron Microscope images, the hollow man with light-up organs, the sculpture of the hugely obese person with no head, the video of a Cesarean section (which was how he was born!) the collection of photos of evertything one person ate in a year that ran together as a mad slide show (and has put me off eating!!!) and the video of a fish evolving into a man! And he was allowed to write on a wall! Altogether a fantastic couple of hours which has really stimulated his imagination with long conversations about obesity and genetics still going on in our house
I'm absolutely thrilled with this place! It's not very traditional, not for young, young kids and looks a bit odd at first but persevere and ask questions (there was a really interesting work book for kids - really made him think when he had to give answers to what he thought about things!!
There's a cafe too, salmon bagel and quiche with two drinks fot £11 which i didn't think was too bad at all in Central London. I shall eat here from now on when using the station rather than suffer Euston Station food!!!!
Oh!!!! I wouldn't let him have one because of where we were going but in the gift shop you can get drinks that come in a blood plasma bag - look no further for Halloween supplies!!
FAB! And if you are here why not have a look at the Grant Museum of Zoology just round the corner which we visited (And reviewed!) on the same day - also free, also fab! The two would make a well worth while trip to North of the centre!!

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Interesting, enthralling and entertaining. A must for any age”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The Wellcome collection is what museums should be. Exciting, interesting and extremely well designed. You'll find yourself thinking "wow, I didn't know that" multiple times as you walk through their (admittedly small) exhibitions. But its definitely worth visiting, glad I spent some of my limited time here.

The store also has a bunch of really cool items, worth a browse even if you don't buy anything.

Thank SamG9371DY
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Visiting the Wellcome collection in July meant that we were able to see "An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition". A great exhibition filled with interactive pieces which really made you think. We thoroughly joined in and attempted most of the interactive parts including drawing pictures, submitting photos and even putting ourselves on the height chart. For two women in our thirties, it was as entertaining for us as it was for the families who brought children with them. Really eye opening and entertaining.
The Medicine Man area was closed which was disappointing as I'd been told it was well worth a look but the book/gift shop more than made up for it. A brilliant blend of science, philosophy, medicine, humour and books under one roof.

Visited July 2014
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