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“very enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre
9A St Thomas St., London SE1 9RY, England (London Bridge)
44-20-7955-4791
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Ranked #104 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Theaters & Stadiums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“very enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

very enjoyable. learnt a lot about the medical side of health and social care form the past. it was interesting looking at the medical things from the past. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Lancashire, U.K.
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“One of my all time favourite museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Arrived during a torrential downpour and made it to the top of the tower. The staff were very friendly and kindly looked after my backpack for me. The building, collections and the stories the museum tells are fascinating and the theatre very atmospheric. There were things to see and do all around, enjoyed smelling the herbs, making the pills etc.tactile learning is good for all ages! An interesting collection of books in the shop and not too many people in which made it more enjoyable as it is a small space.

a first class experience all round!

A Museum studies student :D

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Quaint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This building would pass by a lot of people. But once inside it's like stepping back in time. To see how operations were done in times gone by was amazing. The tools used, ointments and treatments. Even bits of donated bodies was amazing.
It was almost closing time when we visited. So there wasn't many people around.

Well worth the entrance fee. Although the gift shop is cluttered and sells stuff not associated with the building or the exhibits.

Visited September 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“unique history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

visited this attraction after glowing reviews on tripadvisor and would like to add to them. This is a unique building of history kept in brilliant condition.
The museum itself has a great amount of information to take in but there is also alot to see if reading is not your thing.

BEWARE the stairs are not for those who are unsteady on their feet, they are spiral stairs and the museum is in the attic.
also the museum does not take card but there are plenty of card machines near by.

Visited September 2012
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“original unspoilt and authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We took a whole party of children and the staff couldn't have been more helpful - laid on a talk, each child took a pestle and mortar and went round the herb garrett gathering ingredients for a cure-all panacea which they then saw made into pills: rolled in talcum powder for the poor, silver dust for the rich.. The herb garrett is full of genuine artefacts and the operating theatre itself where the kids role played a 19th century operation without anaesthetic is very atmospheric.
Superb little unspoilt place. We payed £3.50 each for the kids and £6 for adults and had the talk for free as there were more than 15 of us.
It is 20 yds along St Thomas's st opposite Borough Market - if you can face eating after gory stories of amputation and blood letting...

Visited September 2012
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