The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

Revealing 400 years of medical history, from one of the oldest anatomical collections in the world to the latest advances in minimal access surgery.

Highlights include surgeon John Hunter's collection of human and animal specimens, Lister's first antiseptic spray and Winston Churchill's false teeth.


Look out for…

  • The 7' 7" Skeleton of the "Irish Giant" Charles Byrne
  • A denture belonging to Winston Churchill
  • The necklace of human teeth brought from the Congo by the explorer Henry Morton Stanley
  • The anatomical tables—preserved dissections of viens and the nervous system from around 1640

Did you know?…

  • The very first Surgeons didn't need professional qualifications such as university degrees to perform dissections; and would often rob the graves of criminals to practise.

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