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Hunterian Museum

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Address: 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields | Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, England
Phone Number: 44 (0) 20 7405 3474
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Strange.. In a good way.

I'd never even heard of this museum before visiting -- it lies tucked away inside the Royal College of Surgeons and isn't the easiest place to find. But it was well worth the... read more

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'd never even heard of this museum before visiting -- it lies tucked away inside the Royal College of Surgeons and isn't the easiest place to find. But it was well worth the effort in the end! There are plenty of curiosities to keep you busy for at least an hour or so, but looking at hundreds of glass jars... More 

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Chieri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't expected to find such a gem of weirdness and old-fashioned creepy science, but there it is. An amazing collection and a very well presented museum. Something everyone should see, at least once in their life.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a healthcare student, medical equipment, specimens and history is fascinating, and the museum didn't fail to disappoint with its wealth of information, samples and instruments. For some, perhaps a little macabre - but I loved it, and have recommended all my fellow students to go. Free entry. It's not a large museum, but well worth a visit, and it's... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a free museum created and hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons. It is full of samples of human and animal anatomy produced during the development of the profession that are wonderful to see and understand but it is difficult to be unmoved by what they represent. Definitely a seriously interesting place to go for an education into... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some truly fascinating exhibits here mostly pickled so of course mainly in jars. These are all then encased in glass cabinets with a small info card to accompany them. The cards are often nowhere near their exhibit so it can be a bit of a pain matching them up when you just want to read about what youre looking at.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not for the squeamish but really interesting if you are into biology and the human body. Really worth going to see and amazing that these remaining specimens have survived all this time (1700s), even through the collection was damaged by a bombing in the 40s. Some really odd sights such as octuplets which we miscarried.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will need to like to look at specimens in jars but this museum is quite amazing, it is not just specimens but also tells an amazing story of the progress of medicine, brilliant wet day activity and it is free to visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, I have lived here for all of my adult life and have never made it to this museum. If you are a biologist, this is something specialist. For me, the place often turned my stomach. It was presented very very well, but.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has a great collection of interesting specimens and is free so I would recommend to go before it closes for 3 years

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just too much to take in and in the end the rows & rows of specimens became a big blur. An astonishing collection but didn't go beyond the macabre for me. I'm sure medical students would love it. A decent little exhibition on smallpox followed more traditional interpretive lines. Great location and it's free.

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