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Hunterian Museum

35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England (Paddington / Maida Vale)
44 (0) 20 7405 3474
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Ranked #37 of 1,119 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The Huntarian Museum is a quirky little museum and may not be for everybody.  If innards preserved in jars make you sick, stay away.  however, if you... more »
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Parkville, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Very close to the England Transport Museum. A close look at the medical history of England. And a grisly look at the tools of medicine through the ages.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Stunning architecture if the building is backed up by friendly staff at front desk. Take a visitor badge & head upstairs for the museum. Interactive activities for children, high quality presentation of information display boards, and impressive collection of specimens. Not for faint hearted. The collection of surgical implementation is particularly interesting - to see how surgery has evolved &... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Great museum, very educational and enlightening. My wife and I loved the way the museum was set up into sections. I would like to have seen more items regarding the anatomy of humans, however the exhibts on display were excellent.

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Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a fascinating and interesting museum - You get the feeling of how it's been over the centuries of expiration and enquiry into how the human body works and how to deal with illnesses. There's almost too much to look at and you don't need any specialist medical/scientific background, but you do need a lack of squeamishness. The babies floating... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Having done all the "big popular" museums in London, a friend in the group suggested we visit here as we all have anatomical knowledge backgrounds. I found the place to be truly fascinating with a variety of specimens in jars, skeletons and model representations to enhance the experience. The information about each item was clearly displayed and gave great insight... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is such an interesting museum - I really got the feeling of how it's been over the centuries to explore how the human body works and how to deal with things going wrong. There's tons to look at and although I have no medical/scientific background, I remained fascinated throughout my visit. The babies floating in jars look so peaceful,... More

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have been meaning to go to this museum for a while and I am so glad I did. I don't have much of a background in science but I just loved everything about it- the cabinet of curiosities layout, the full history of Hunter, easy to understand scientific explanations, and the gruesome exhibits perfectly preserved in jars. There is... More

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Los Gatos, California
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place was my favorite part of my trip to London. There are all sorts of interesting biological and medical wonders that I could spend an entire day there. They have fetuses, deformed skeletons, historical medical equipment, you name it! It located in the upstairs of the Royal College of Surgeons, you just walk inside and tell the person at... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

If you have even a passing interest in anatomy or natural history go along to this wonderful little museum. I've been meaning to go for years and finally managed it and it was well worth it. It's very easy to get to from Holborn tube station and is no more than a 3 or 4 minute walk. The museum is... More

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Cardiff
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We Went as a family with a 14 and 9 year old and they thought it was fascinating. Lots of gruesome exhibits, preserved in jars they are very well presented alongside the full history of the collection of John Hunter. It also shows the enormous bomb damage in WW2. Strongly recommend for curious children, though if you are squeamish stay... More

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