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Hunterian Museum

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Address: 35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 20 7405 3474
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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absolutely fascinating - but not for the squimish

Inside the Royal College of Surgeons, There is something for everyone here - Winston Churchill's dentures, Stubbs animal paintings, deformed creatures, disfigured human anatomy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Inside the Royal College of Surgeons, There is something for everyone here - Winston Churchill's dentures, Stubbs animal paintings, deformed creatures, disfigured human anatomy, surgical tools - early to modern, the history and art of surgery. Some of the exhibits might be a little disturbing for some people - foetuses and videos of surgery techniques just examples but if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Hunterian museum in the RCS is a great place to spend 1-2 hours and get an insight into the history of surgery. It's really the human specimens that are fascinating although the animals ones are good too. Tips: head for Holborn tube and it's a short walk to Lincoln's Inn Field or drive and there is parking on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I'm probably not normal, but I loved this place. Jars full of tongues, tumors, fetuses of many species and misshapen anatomical phenomena of all sorts. If you get tired of standing and gawking at the amazing collection, sit down and enjoy a video of an arthroscopic knee surgery. There's an art collection focused on portraits of people with physiological anomalies.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Excellent collection of medical and pathology specimens - designed for medical students and doctors, so avoid if you're the slightest bit squeamish!! My kids went in with no preconceived notions, so they had a great time. A great little find, especially for those with a human biology or medical background. Not well signposted, but rest assured it's there (might be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Down the path of a science, more specifically, a biology museum this is certainly more interesting than the Science Museum itself, it is an incredidle menagerie of anatomic specimens both human and animal with an incredible collection of disease states explored and explained by the way. Perhaps my favourite would have to be the central two skeletons, the first (and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a great museum located at the Royal College of Surgeons. You enter the building where staff gives you an id bracelet. On the first floor are conference and lecture halls where a staff member showed them to me. There are statues of famous surgeons on the first floor. Go upstairs and you will be amazed at the collection... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Was recommended by a worker at another museum we visited, and the Hunterian Museum did not disappoint! Lots of fascinating specimens to look at; there is some really unbelievable stuff. We also watched an interesting mini film on the removal of a brain tumour. Not for the squeamish but definitely for the morbidly curious! Even better that it is free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is the most bizarre museum I have ever visited. It's strange collection includes skeletons of embryos at different stages of development, Victorian tools for amputations, preserved animals and it even includes body parts from various humans who had different abnormalities. The collection's main exhibit is the skeleton of the world's tallest man, the enormity of which is staggering. However,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Took my daughter who is a nurse. She loved it, so many body parts in jars, also animals and birds. Beautifully presented

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

There are bones and specimens of humans and different animals It is not merely for medical professionals, it really educates the layman as well on medical equipment! I spent half a day at this curious museum

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Address: Address: 35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 20 7405 3474
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