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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 1,100 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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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This place was my favorite part of my trip to London. There are all sorts of interesting biological and medical wonders that I could spend an entire day there. They have fetuses, deformed skeletons, historical medical equipment, you name it! It located in the upstairs of the Royal College of Surgeons, you just walk inside and tell the person at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

If you have even a passing interest in anatomy or natural history go along to this wonderful little museum. I've been meaning to go for years and finally managed it and it was well worth it. It's very easy to get to from Holborn tube station and is no more than a 3 or 4 minute walk. The museum is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We Went as a family with a 14 and 9 year old and they thought it was fascinating. Lots of gruesome exhibits, preserved in jars they are very well presented alongside the full history of the collection of John Hunter. It also shows the enormous bomb damage in WW2. Strongly recommend for curious children, though if you are squeamish stay... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I found this museum on trip advisor when i was at a loss as where to take my two 11 year old boys. The museum is free and both boys loved it . It is a collection well worth seeing. I would not advise taking very young children as some of the exhibits are a bit gruesome and may scare... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The hunterian is maybe the coolest museum I ever visited. Want to see weird dead stuff in jars? Then you have to go there! As well as being weird and for some maybe a bit gross the exhibition is very interesting and educational. My favorites were the perfectly preserved human fetuses in different stages of development, something I don't think... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

First, I'm not sure why it recommends over 3 hours for visiting. This place is magnificent but unless you take the time to read EVERY single label there's no way it will take you three hours. Second be warned, when you enter the building it's a bit awkward because there is a security gate. Just ask for a pass to... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Absolutely fascinating! A great place to visit, especially if you are a student of anatomy and physiology. Some really interesting exhibits and artefacts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Besides the collection of John Hunter's there is the history of surgery here from when they broke from the barbers to modern times You will see pathology here that you won't see elsewhere- and if you are a doctor with an interest in history of medicine, this iis where you must be. If you are not a doctor, and anatomy... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is an amazing collection of medical history that everyone should stop and see. Centrally located in a Medical school, they have pieces that go back to the start of modern medicine. For those who are squeamish you might have a little trouble with some of the exhibitions, but most will be just fine. The staff is very nice and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This little gem is hidden in The Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln Fields Inn and is a must see if you are interested in medical history .Admission is free but there is a small charge for an audio guide which was well worth having .Highly recommend it .

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