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“Wierdly fascinating” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
44 020 7611 2222
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Ranked #188 of 854 Attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum shows the connection between medicine, art and life.
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“Wierdly fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I must have walked past this place hundreds of times, but this sunday was the first time I went in to see an exhibition. If you are a science buff then this has to be top of your London visit list - though its a lot smaller than the Science Museum, this is quirky yet very professional and polished. Free, welcoming and near perfectly curated shows. We saw the Death exhibition and the permanent exhibition upstairs and spend nearly 3 hours - could have spent longer. Lovely shop and spacious airy open plan cafe compliment the shows. Highly rated.

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a visit if you like sciency stuff.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Have been for a talk and an exhibition. It's something you don't really think about going to but when there it's nice to walk around and have a look. The "Death" exhibition is very good! They also have a book case filled with large books that are meant to represent an entire genome written down. It's basically just a book case with lots and lots of books but gives a perspective of how big the genome actually is.

Visited February 2013
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“An unusual collection of interesting things”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Wellcome collection is the place to go if you love the British Museum, but want to see some more unusual sights. The collection is vast and non-judgemental. And it's FREE!!

Visited December 2012
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“What a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The current Death Exhibition is very interesting, the medicine section on the first floor is great for kids and the drawing area is really fun

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“Thought-provoking exhibitions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Wellcome Trust put on an interesting range of exhibitions, all with a loose connection to science, covering a wide selection of topics - everything from superstition to prosthetics. The tagline on their website is 'a free destination for the incurably curious' and the exhibition programme certainly lives up to this grand claim; the current show on death - 'a self portrait' is no exception. As the exhibitions are free, they are also usually quite packed, and often you have to queue. There is also a series of topical events to support each exhibition. Further plus points are the excellent bookshop, where you can pick up quirky gifts and unusual London guidebooks and the airy cafe - although a minor caveat would be that it is difficult to find an empty table. My recommendation would be to try the Friends House Quaker Cafe further along the Euston Road which is less crowded and cheaper.

Visited February 2013
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