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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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Early doctors rode a fine line between propriety and science. There was a whole heck of alot to learn about the human body let alone how to fix it and just how were they supposed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Early doctors rode a fine line between propriety and science. There was a whole heck of alot to learn about the human body let alone how to fix it and just how were they supposed to learn it? The Hunterian is chock full of answers to that question! There are jarred specimens for every organ in both humans and animals,... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

fascinating collection of preserved specimens from all aspects of life. if you've read, "The Knife Man", this is the place to visit!!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tucked behind the more famed streets of London is this interesting and unique little museum close to Lincoln's Inn Fields. It's free, just like all the good museums of London, and has some weird and interesting sights to see in here. Not for those with weak stomachs, but definitely a great learning experience. It's small enough to do in a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You don't have to be a teacher or doctor to enjoy this quirky museum. Full of specimens from the times of grave diggers and early modern medicine, it is a fascinating look at the human body and unusual specimens. I wish that I could take all of my college students here because it really bring structural anatomy to life! It... More 

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West Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This great little museum is full of interesting specimens in jars - many collected during the era of grave robbers. Cood informative sections on topics such as development of plastic surgery during WW1 and cancer surgery. The children we saw seemed to enjoy looking at all the amazing specimens in jars - skeleton of giant etc. Free admission

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Incredibly interesting museum demonstrating the sharp mind and questioning spirit of a very clever man. A founder of research principles in medicine and extending into other sciences. Must also mention the retired orthopaedic surgeon who delivered a fantastic talk about Robert Hunter and some of the interesting stories behind a few of the specimens with great humour and intrigue. If... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is interesting if you like looking at things in jars. It has pretty much any kind of speciman you can think of. This is the type of place you could spend an hour in, or 6 hours depending on your interest level. I spent about 1.5 hours, but I did find it held my interest for the entire... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Full of quirky and unusual exhibits, but probably not for the squeamish. The staff are a little bit fussy, so don't antagonise them. I really enjoyed the video presentation of surgery and looking at some of the more gruesome aspects of medicine in the past. It's interesting to see how much surgery has advanced in a relatively short time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Within the Royal College of Surgeons, this museum is free to visit and covers two floors. Lots of things in jars as well as collection after collection of surgeon weaponry! Some excellent exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend, spent hours looking at the extensive array of specimens. Very interesting to see and explore.

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