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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 #35 of 1,041 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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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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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14 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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chipmunky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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61 attraction reviews
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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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This excellent museum of medical artefacts is in the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincolns Inn Fields. It has a fascinating collection and I went on the guided tour they offer once a week. Entry is free and well worth a visit if you are in the Holborn area of London

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Sligo, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Very nice small museum, well laid out. Will appeal to anyone interested in biology and the human body or those who want to go to somewhere morbid!!!

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Alton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Wow, as non medical visitors we were impressed. Absolutely fascinating but not for the faint hearted. The exhibits really give an insight into the formations of growth, healthy or otherwise and the layout is inspiring architecturally , almost like a massive Damien Hurst and it makes me think he'd been there before? Superb, do visit.....long before you intend eating though.... More

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