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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 #39 of 1,085 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Hunter was himself a medic and a man of such breadth of enquiry that some of his methods would have found him in serious ethical committee hot water in this day and age! He was an Enlightenment gent, and this is a portion of the immense collection he put together that dealt with all aspects of medicine, pathology and anatomy.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Good cheap outing... It is very interesting seeing all the human and aninal body parts... Rare thing to be able to see learnt a lot

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

this museum has it all, skeletal remains with all kinds of diseases, fetuses in jars, a nice part of surgical history and much more to keep the medical history enthousiast going for about 1-2 hours. entrance is free and its located in a really pretty building. a few doors down there is the courthouse, wich you can visit as well.... More

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Amazing collection of biological specimens, with interesting information about the history of surgery. Small collection; much was destroyed by the Blitz, but still worth an hour or so if you're in the neighborhood.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I am a physician and was visiting from the US. I was really looking forward to seeing this museum as a hidden gem after reading lots of glowing reviews. I have to say, I was a little disappointed. It seemed that 80% of the displays were of animal dissections with relatively little human pathology. In addition, the specimens for the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Recommended by a friend I was a little unsure about what to expect of the Hunterian Museum. Essentially it's a collection of medical and biological specimens - think body parts in jars, skeletons etc. But it is so interesting. Entry is free (a bonus) but I would strongly recommend paying for the audio guide. The audio guide was £3.50 per... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

To me it is a brilliant museum, showing a lot of stuff i find very interesting, in an most agreeable way. However, I am not sure if it is just as exciting for those who dont have much interest in the field of medical science.

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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This amazing museum is just the right size. You can see everything in 2-3 hrs and there are many, many very interesting specimens. As one of the lesser known museums, it was not too crowded. Definitely worth a visit.

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Sutton Coldfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Easy 20 minute walk from Euston / Kings Cross & easily combined with a pit-stop in Covent Garden. If you're into biology / zoology/ dentistry/ medicine you really need to visit this place. Really enjoyed films of real operations, especially ACL reconstruction & removal of a brain tumor. Some exhibits might turn your stomach, my physio friend couldn't look at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Wandering in Lincolns Inn fields we came across this tucked away impressive building just round the corner from the Old Curiosity Shop - now a shoe shop and a pretty good one. The museum is free and if you are into animals and body parts in jars and surgical techniques, surgical instruments and pretty horrific procedures this is the place... More

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