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Address: Newark Street, London, England
Phone Number: 020 7377 7608
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Very Well-done Small, Free Museum

Anyone nostalgic for the past or with romantic ideas about living in a long-ago age should be cured quite quickly by just a glance at some of these primitive medical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Anyone nostalgic for the past or with romantic ideas about living in a long-ago age should be cured quite quickly by just a glance at some of these primitive medical instruments. My favourite was a bell cast at the Whitechapel foundry in 1791. The description says, "Before the introduction of anaesthetics in 1846, it is reputed to have summoned attendants... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

In East of London, near the the London Hospital Museum you can find a little crypt with some curiosities. The most fascinating part of the museum is an elephant man, also you can find an interesting video about Joseph Merrick, who was the elephant man. In the video you can find who people was treated only because there were different,... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The museum was interesting in showing us story of Joseph Merrick known like The Elephant Man. There was a short film about him. There was also a story about the beginnigs of nurses career, beyond other biographies of the patients and doctors. If you are interested in medicine, we suggest you to visit it.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This small museum is well hidden in the crypt behind the old hospital in Newark Street and Turner Street, and as such you can sense the history. The main feature is the replica skeleton of Joseph Merrick, aka The Elephant Man and the exhibition on this tragic figure. Also, a fascinating look at medicine through the ages. A small museum,... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Hidden away in Whitechapel this is well worth a trip if you are remotely interested in medicine through time. You might miss this if you aren't paying attention so keep your eyes peeled when you are en route. The artefacts in the cabinets tell an amazing story and it is fascinating to see how medicine has changed over time. By... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Than goodness for advances in technology. Some of the medical instruments on display make your toes curl. One such set are for the use in amputation, if you didn't die of shock or blood loss, the chances are you would die of infection introduced to the body from unsterilized instruments. The John Merrick (The Elephant Man ) exhibition is very... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

For those in medical field or just interested a great place to visit and see historical equipment, uniforms and other associated links to the Royal London Hospital. We'll worth the visit and only need an hour or so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

this small museum seems to be set in a church and has a small, pleasant garden to walk through. the museum itself has an array of questionable artefacts from the beginning of the hospitals history. Questionable because of the perceived brutality of some of these instruments used in the 19th and early 20th century and fascinating to observe. there is... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Although a tiny little museum, full of interesting exhibits. Like most visitors we were interested in the elephant man and also found the documentary very interesting. However, there were lots of other interesting exhibits about nursing and medicine in the past that we also enjoyed. Was quite interesting to read about the history of the hospital too. Nice little pub... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My son in particular wanted to visit this place because of it's Elephant Man connection and display. It is tucked away behind the new main building in a church and entry is free. It is only small, but it is very well organised and extremely interesting. The Elephant Man display lived up to all it's expectations(this hospital is where he... More 

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