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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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If you love something a bit macabre - this is the place for you!

When i found out about this place, i had to visit. It is full, head to toe, of medical specimens, from animals, plants and humans. They provide stools if you wish to sit or sketch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

When i found out about this place, i had to visit. It is full, head to toe, of medical specimens, from animals, plants and humans. They provide stools if you wish to sit or sketch items. Entry is free, through the collage entrance, you just collect a visitors badge and go up to the museum. When i arrived there was... More 

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Littleton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We visited here one afternoon after traveling to Down House (Darwin's home) in the morning. Amazing, awesome, inspiring, and gruesome all rolled into one. Definitely not for those faint of heart. My teen was enthralled by the collection, especially the human exhibits showing the carnage of diseases such as syphilis and small pox. Absolutely fascinating and hard to believe it... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A unique collection of human and animal body parts which includes all parts of the body-and I mean all parts! Also interesting exhibits about the history of surgery. My highlight is the skeleton of an 18th century Irish giant. Is free to get in too!

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Augusta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A real bargain (admission is free), the Hunterian is a unique site for displaying the history of medicine through the multi-media of specimens, instruments, drawings, paintings, and photographs that take one through the centuries. As a bonus there are shelf after shelf of interesting animal specimens that cannot be found anywhere else. In spite of receiving a direct bomb hit... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Hunterian museum is really cool showing real body parts in glass jars. Not for the faint of heart but it isn't shocking either. Easy to spend an hour or two viewing the various displays. One tip, there are lockers on the bottom floor to store a coat or items you don't want to carry while touring the museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I had no idea the collection would be SO extensive... you can easily spend hours in here if you wanted to really see everything. There's even some nooks and crannies that you might miss. Shelves of horns and bone... it's pretty gruesome (foetus at all stages of development) and infected bones/skulls... it's cool, it's morbid and macabre... and after you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Despite living in the London area all my life, I've never been here, but I had the opportunity this summer when a friend from overseas came to visit. We visited here for the afternoon and loved it! Some of the displays were a bit gruesome, but there was so much that made us say, "Oh cool! Look at that!" I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Must visit. Fantastic place to learn about the origins of surgery, medicine, and the study of anatomy. The squeamish might be perturbed by the displays of all kinds of body parts and dissected creatures, but a little fortitude can help you overcome your initial fears and embrace the spirit of inquiry which has lead to the wonderful and enlightening displays.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The myriad of jars full of gruesome objects will not be to everyone's taste, but I was at first taken aback and then found I was very interested. This is worth a visit for most people. The staff are very warm and friendly and will try to answer questions.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Astonishing collection of medical artefacts and 'pickled' specimen. Meticulous arganisation of exhibition material.

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