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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 #34 of 1,047 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Hunterian Museum is two stories filled with jars containing various organs and samples from all types of species. This includes humans. Lots and lots of humans. Human pieces floating in jars.Also, there is a section that goes into great detail of how surgeries of all types have been conducted throughout the ages. Some look more like torture devices.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

a great collection, much better than i thought it would be, must be open minded as some of the things you see are a bit shocking, go to the park and cafe opposite as its a nce way to end the day

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Knew of this place over the years and now kids were age appropriate and enjoy science.. Wow, they loved it and made them see things rather different compared to the classroom and il suspect a lot of chat to science teachers. If your kids love science, biology this is a gem of a museum or even our curious minds as... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This museum is a must for anyone interested in medical history. The exhibits are brilliant, some gruesome, some sad but all of them fascinating. A few bits are not for the squeamish but on the whole I would repeat the words of other reviewers and say this museum is more curious than gruesome (although some of the old medical instruments... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Went here with my 9 year old daughter and my 60+ dad. We all found it fascinating and odd in many ways. There are lots of specimens to look at, some more curious than gruesome. If you are squeamish about seeing operations then be warned there are two tv's upstairs showing surgical procedures. It was amazing to see so many... More

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Hossegor, France
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This museum is really interesting. I went with a few friends who were studying various things involving anatomy and they loved it, and so did I. It displays many human body parts as well as old surgical tools, war medical tools and diseased body parts that have been preserved, some for hundreds of years. All have a little blurb and... More

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Free museum in Lincoln Inn Fields, across the park from the Sloane Museum. There are about four rooms on the second floor. They contain animal specimens in jars, some dissected out, and include a chick with 4 legs and skeletons on the extinct Moa bird. There are old surgical instruments, casts of prehistoric skulls, including the Piltdown remains. There are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had a walk around the Inns of Court (London’s Hidden Walks volume I) and accidently came across this museum at the south side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It’s undergone an expensive refurbishment and is a fascinating place to spend a few of hours. It’s free of crowds …… unlike the Science Museum. A bonus is that it’s also free... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Museum was easy to find and was free admission. It was very interesting and educational, something different.

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Houston, Texas
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Hunterian is a free, small museum with a fascinating history and an immense collection. Without the audio tour, we would have been lost. It’s nicely laid out and well maintained. Another reviewer described this as “the Victorian freak show meets serious science” and I agree with that summary. My kids (aged 11 and 14) were engaged for about an... More

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