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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Interesting and creepy at the same time

The Huntarian Museum is so damn interesting and creepy at the same time. Have a look at the glasses full of human organs, fetuses and several animals. You learn about the history... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Amiens, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went because I've never been and it will be closing for a refurb 2017-2020. In fact, some of the exhibits have already been removed, but there is still plenty to see. Entrance is free and it is a clean modern space with lots of extraordinary dissected specimens, mostly exotic animals (a dissected scorpion?) but quite a few humans, especially... More 

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Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Huntarian Museum is so damn interesting and creepy at the same time. Have a look at the glasses full of human organs, fetuses and several animals. You learn about the history of surgery and how far science is today. Meet Charles Byrne, the irish giant.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a really interesting museum (if you like things pickled in jars). It is small so only took about 1HR to look around. But I do recommend this place for something different. The staff at the main reception were rather rude and impolite. But the staff up in the museum were very friendly indeed.

Thank Pixie4444
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this museum last week, it is only a short walk from Covent Gardens and is set up in a beautiful building! Im honestly not a massive fan of museums as the things within them don't tend to interest me but I loved this museum! It's very creative and so interesting and I could actually understand what everything was!... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this museum because it sounded interesting and we thought a smaller museum would be less exhausting to visit. We had a little difficulty in locating the museum but that was more likely to be due to our poor navigating skills than anything else. The museum like many in London is free. If you are a medical student,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a fascinating place to visit if you like biology, medicine and subjects like those. But, if you are a little bit faint hearted this is not the best place you can vsit in London. Dissected and preserved parts of human bodies together with dissected animals are put together in this oddity of a collection.

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Kintbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's something vaguely Gothic about the Hunterian Museum...two floors of jars containing various body parts, skeletons galore, surgical instruments from ancient times to the present day...it could come straight out of Frankenstein! Visitors with any previous knowledge or interest in anatomy or medicine will be inspired, and those without prior knowledge will probably find their interest is kindled. The exhibits... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating collection of dissected body parts put together by John Hunter in the 18th century combined with exhibits detailing the history of medicine. Certainly not for the fainthearted but I found it extremely interesting. Museum entrance is free but a donation of £3 is suggested. Well worth a visit especially if you can get an explanatory talk from one... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a biology graduate I found this hidden gem really fascinating, but it should be stressed it may not suit the more squeamish of visitors. Well worth a visit if this is your kind of thing though.

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I took our 10 year old Daughters here. It is fascinating and gruesome at the same time. A very interesting collection of preserved body parts and animals. We had been to the V&A earlier and we both agreed that the Hunterian held their attention for far longer, in fact for the whole two hours we were there.... More 

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