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  • lululloyd2017
    Worcester, UK6 contributions
    Very comprehensive museum with so much to see. Excellent facilities with cafés and seating throughout for tired legs.
    Would recommend you allow plenty of time as it’s very big.
    Written 5 October 2022
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  • Barbara S
    Krakow, Poland1,621 contributions
    We booked a housemaid tour, which was amazing. Very entertaining, high class "performance". Great stuff!
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,351 contributions
    I’m a great lover of museums that are a little bit different, a bit out of the ordinary, and those that contain a collection of unusual curiosities and bizarre objects. Hence I really enjoyed the museum section of the Wellcome Collection. Indeed, it often advertises itself as "the free destination for the incurably curious".

    It’s a relatively new addition to the London museum. It was founded les that 20 years ago, in 2007. Technically its both a Museum and a Library, though I only visited the Museum section. The basis of the collection comes from the extensive and enthusiastic traveller, Henry Wellcome, who amassed a huge collection of books, paintings and objects on the theme of historical development of medicine worldwide. Hence the overall theme of the collection is to explore ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art.

    The museum section appears to be over three exhibition spaces: a temporary exhibition space on the ground floor level, and two more permanent collection on the first floor. When I visited in July, the temporary exhibition was ‘Rooted Beings’. ‘Rooted Beings’ invites you to embark on a meditative reflection on the world of plants and fungi. The exhibition considers what we might learn from plant behaviour, and the impacts of colonial expeditions on the exploitation of natural resources and indigenous knowledges. It had interesting components, but in many respects I found it a bit disconnected and difficult to really engage with what the curator had in mind.

    However, I enjoyed the other exhibitions. The display of Wellcome’s collections of medical objects was seriously fascinating. It contains the likes of curiosities such as Napoleon’s toothbrush, 18th and 19th century sex aids and toys and a fabulous collection of old paintings on a medical theme; they are very graphic, almost shocking, and very enlightening! The other exhibition room was on the theme of ‘Being Human’. It was full of interactive stuff, a life-size model of the human body, and curious posters and moving objects. I found this collection highly fascinating, and visited this room a couple of times on my visit.

    I had no reason to visit the library. Apparently it is one of the world’s finest for the study of the social and cultural contexts of health. Among many other things, it contains a large number of rare medieval manuscripts, such as vividly illustrated almanacs, scrolls and practitioners’ manuals, relating to medicine and the body.

    The Wellcome Collection is free to visit. The museum galleries and the Reading Room are open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am and 6pm. The Library is open Monday to Friday, between 10am and 6pm and on Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.

    The museum and library complex is located at 183 Euston Road, London. Euston is the closest rail and underground station, though Euston Square is also only a short walk today.

    It’s a great places to visit, especially if you want something a bit different to the mainstream museums which abound in London.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Fiona X
    2 contributions
    I came here with my daughter who is doing biology A-level. We loved it. Wonderous detailed specimens to oggle at. A lovely chap was there to answer questions.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,579 contributions
    What a terrific museum! This treasure trove of Egyptian artefacts is hidden away within the expanded campus grounds of University College London. Came across it almost by accident last weekend.

    The reception staff at the front door were very, very welcoming!

    I have to say that while the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is by far the better known museum, the Petrie Museum is much better set out and far better curated.

    The Egyptian Museum of Cairo holds the greatest number of Egyptian artefacts, but, in my view, the curation was/is terrible. My lasting impression of the place is that of a huge warehouse with layers of dirt, grit and sand covering virtually all of its contents.

    In the Petrie, the spotlessly clean aisles are set up in chronological order, with artefacts well arranged and well lit.

    As is the case with most museums in London, entrance is free.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK5,072 contributions
    Visited the Foundling Museum to see the exhibition on Superhero trope about orphans, it was well presented but a bit small, my wide enjoy the main museum, cause of long lost children
    Written 28 August 2022
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  • Mabby121
    Deal, UK32 contributions
    We have eaten here several times when visiting the museum, It is pleasant to sit in the shade of the trees whilst eating decent home cooked italian food. The family running it are always chatty and friendly.
    Written 12 September 2022
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  • Allan C
    Ipswich, UK545 contributions
    .This is a large and impossible tomissstatue of two figures (one male one female) embracing as theygret each other.It is on an elaborte stand with smaller carved features around the base. A beautiful example of public art whichfulfills itspurpose
    Written 12 September 2022
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  • barry b
    2 contributions
    very good location as the hotel is near euston station, nice clean rooms, good bathroom and breakfast, helpful staff at any time, room facilities also good, will stay there again
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • ahendren
    Vancouver, Canada328 contributions
    Bloomsbury is filled with park-like Squares situated in the midst of residential buildings and perfect for strolling. The architecture is great and you might stumble across the Foundling Hospital, Charles Dickens museum or home of Virginia Wolfe. Also home of the British Museum and a great place to stay - quiet, close to sites and full of very nice people.
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • SteveS1970
    Coventry, UK7,134 contributions
    On the way in to the British Museum there are some shops, information centres and refreshments available all under this magnificent roof. It was a warm day and you can feel the heat in a very well lit area. Very impressive architecture.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary2,520 contributions
    Bloomsbury Square Gardens is a nice place just a block away from the British Museum and close to Holborn station.
    It is a nice park to spend some time relaxing.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Terry J
    London, UK211 contributions
    I went here to see Jo Burke perform her work in progress 'Peculiar.' Very funny and the relaxed atmosphere in the bar before and after the gig really added to the friendly feeling.
    I understand that they do some free comedy gigs on a Monday evening but t may be best to book for those on their website.
    Written 7 April 2019
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  • Anna
    Potton, UK9 contributions
    I agree the place is a little run down; but it feels more faded grandeur. The play equipment was fine and we managed to kill an hour here playing. There is a little cafe and toilets too
    Written 1 August 2021
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  • WriteAllAlong
    UK579 contributions
    Unfortunately closed to the public at present, The Senate House of the University of London is worth seeing. Just of the sublime Russell Square in Bloomsbury (have a drink in the cafe' there), The enormous Art Deco Senate House is at the centre of the UCL/SOAS/Birkbeck complex. It's a classic of the style; make sure to notice the elaborate lamps and the caps on the drainpipes.
    This was where Eric Blair (nom de plume George Orwell) worked for the Ministry of Information during the war. His frustration with the work and with "B.B." - as the minister in charge, Brendan Bracken, was known - fuelled his ideas for "1984". The building was the model for the Ministry of Truth and "B.B." became Orwell's "Big Brother"....
    I didn't see the slogans ( "WAR IS PEACE," "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," and "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." ) on the building, though🤔
    Written 23 September 2020
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