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Hunterian Museum

#60 of 1,558 things to do in London
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Address: 35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England
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+44 20 7405 3474
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Fascinating museum.

This museum contains medical specimens and is incredibly interesting. I would recommend it to anyone, including children, who will more likely be inquisitive than scared. It's not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum contains medical specimens and is incredibly interesting. I would recommend it to anyone, including children, who will more likely be inquisitive than scared. It's not huge but there is absolutely loads to see.

Thank TheOExpress
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum houses many surgical specimens of animals and humans, and is very similar to the museum of surgeons in Edinburgh. Once you get over what can be quite disturbing attractions, they are very interesting and well worth a look. The museum is also relatively quiet and small so you can spend a good amount of time viewing the attractions.... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My 14 year old son and I loved this place. Skip the fake Ripley's believe it or not and see the real stuff. Fantastic collection of medical artifacts from the 17th century today. My son's favorite was the skeleton of the giant. You can't find exhibits like this in the States. We had to wait on line 30 min to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting (free) activity, with exhibits related to the history of medicine and surgery. These include human specimens in jars, skeletons and bodily organs etc, There is the skeleton of The Irish Giant ( approx 8 ft tall ) and half of Charles Babbage's brain !! Also included are some "freak-show" animals such as a four-legged chicken and a lizard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of my visits was on Thursday 17 November 2016, a very interesting museum, I had waited several years to go to, and I was not disappointed, if you are squeamish this is not for you. An amazing place on two floors at the Royal College of Surgeons, viewing 6000+ dissected items from several centuries, covering a wide area, all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A worthwhile visit for anyone interested in biology, surgery and the human anatomy. The museum is well laid out and has plenty of good quality exhibits. For those who have a passing interest in the subject then it is worth allocating an hour or two to visit. It's location means that it is close to other London attractions.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is a large collection but if that's a good or bad thing I can't judge. It was an informative visit but had some 'disturbing' pieces such as a 4 kg tumour or videos of surgery. Weird but interesting; not for those with a weak stomach!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Impromptu visit with my 10 & 12 year old sons. Got there just in time for the tour, the guide was so engaging with his audience and insightful. Hunter, Darwin, dickens, Babbage, Winnie the Pooh.... are a few things that he spoke about. lots of bottled specimens to learn about. There are film clips showing how transplants are conducted which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is more than just your average shock or weird stuff exhibition. Every display piece offers some kind of opportunity for learning about human and animal physiology in a way that books and pictures can't really provide. Not entirely for the faint of heart, some specimens may cause upset (for example the human foetuses and babies).

Thank Chris B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free to enter. Has a skeleton of the tallest man in the world. Has excellent history of early surgery and has a machine that disinfects the operating theatre. Has hundreds of exhibits of every stage of the developing of a foetus. Has the history of Winnie the Pooh. So many things to see that it is well worth a visit.

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