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“Enlightening Refuge from the West End Shops”

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
Ranked #1,103 of 1,689 things to do in London
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Owner description: The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre brings together the Association of Anaesthetist's archives, museum and library to tell the story of the history of anaesthesia. The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre is open to specialists and members of the public. An appointment is recommended.
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Despite the best endeavours of the Trip Advisor App to convince us this museum was close to Holland Park, we found this museum only a short walk from Oxford Circus tube station. We called ahead as it is suposed to be visited by appointment only, but were told it was no problem to come along that same day, even though it was half-term week. The museum is possibly the smallest I have been in, but does manage a great job of cramming in a lot of information about this fascinating and vital aspect of modern medicine. If you can't face another shop, leave the other half for an hour's worthwhile diversion here.

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

This tiny little museum is a gem. The basement of the home of UK anaesthesia in Portland Place just 100 metres from Oxford Circus, has been given over to this Museum of the History of Anaesthesia. Cases full of old and new equipment with clear legends explaining their use and the backgrounds of the innovators. How they get all this history into such a small place is a wonder. Nobody can clearly explain how general anaesthesia works, but how wonderful that it does. If you have any interest in medical or the history of scientific application then this is the place for you. Allow a couple of hours to appreciate the contents of the general collection as well as the regular special exhibitions that get changed ever six months or so. And if you can, ask to be shown the building itself beautifully restored to its Georgian condition.

2  Thank Wardieeee
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

The joy of this tiny museum lies partly in its location, in the basement of an old London townhouse that is now home to the Association of Anaesthetists. I visited with my 15 year old son who was studying anaesthetics for history. I rang before visiting and was encouraged to visit any time the next day but was warned no-one would be available to show us round. We arrived and rang the bell and were welcomed in to the hallway. We signed in and were told if we had any questions we could leave them after our visit and someone would be in touch. We were taken downstairs to the tiny, two roomed museum packed with exhibits relating to the history of anaesthetics. Left to our own devices we watched an introductory video and wandered round. There are drawers full of a variety of artefacts to mull over and everything is carefully labelled. This is a very professionally organised little museum that has great charm. We combined this with a visit to the Old Operating Theatre and a very nice day out it was too!

4  Thank EllieO
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