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18 Medical
museums in London

How was surgery performed before the days of anaesthetic? What tools did dentist's use before the electric drill? Find the answers to these questions and more with London's medical museums.

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St. Bart's Hospital Museum

he museum based in a working hospital in the City of London, exhibits objects and archives dating back to the 12th century

Central LONDON

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The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

Revealing 400 years of medical history. From the oldest anatomical collections in the world to minimal access surgery.

Central LONDON

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Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

The original cramped and crowded laboratory at St Mary's Hospital in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

Central LONDON

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Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.

Central LONDON

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British Dental Association Museum

The museum that began as several old dental instruments stored under a bed.

Central LONDON

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British Optical Association Museum

Over 20,000 objects and archival items tell the story of the progression of eye-wear and optometry.

Central LONDON

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Florence Nightingale Museum

The museusm dedicated to one of the most influential women of Victorian Britain.

Central LONDON

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Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy

The only remaining university zoological museum in London, houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom.

Central LONDON

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Old Operating Theatre Museum

One of London’s oldest and most intriguing museums—a former operating theatre where every patient was female.

Central LONDON

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Royal College of Physicians

The oldest medical museum in England, with humble beginnings from 1656.

Central LONDON

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

Established in 1842, provides a wide range of services and activities for everyone interested in the history of British pharmacy.

Central LONDON

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Chelsea Physic Garden

Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants.


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Royal London Hospital Museum

Displays in a former church crypt, with exhibitions on Joseph Merrick the 'Elephant Man' and in the infamous 'Jack the Ripper' of Whitechapel.


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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Dedicated to the history of mental health treatment, with historical and archival material as well as a large art collection.


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Wellcome Collection Museum

The collection of medical curiosities and implements, tell the story and explore connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

Central LONDON

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The Freud Museum

Sigmund Freud's family home from 1938 to 1982, displays include the impressive study, extraordinary antiquities and iconic couch.


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Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

The museum tells the story of the Langdon Down house at Normansfield and also contains a Grade II* listed Victorian theatre.


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Science Museum

Featured across seven floors, exhibitions include the developments in contemporary science, medicine and technology.