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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
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Full of interesting information and exhibits

The Hunterian Museum, situated inside the Royal College of Surgeons, is a real treat within the centre of London - it is two floors packed to the rafters with various animal and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Hunterian Museum, situated inside the Royal College of Surgeons, is a real treat within the centre of London - it is two floors packed to the rafters with various animal and human specimens and preserved organs, bones, etc. There are also plenty of information boards describing each specimen, and there are also very interesting (but not for the faint-hearted)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely not for those easily put off their food. This museum was something very different and amazing to see but is graphic and can stir some ethical debates in your head. I work in nursing and for me it was so interesting but it's not for everyone. Read about it before you visit. Probably not suitable for younger kids etc.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum was a great place to explore the science of anatomy and surgery. Not for the faint hearted as the exhibitions included many preserved animals, but we found it interesting nonetheless. We didn't spend very long there, it is easy to get in and around in about an hour. The staff were friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Hunterian Museum as a family of 2 adullts and 2 teens. The museum is housed at The Royal College or Surgeons. I had read that it was hard to find but we didn't have any problems and staff were helpful. The museum is located upstairs and you need to check in at reception to obtain a visitor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Read about it first. Not the place for a group of 12 yr olds. Very very interesting and unique in this serious setting. Lots to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well I have to recommend this museum, being a doctor myself. The collection is worth a detour for anyone with the slightest interest in medical history or science. The large collection of pathological specimens is rather a specialised area, but the history of surgery is fascinating. It also emphasises what a giant Joseph Lister was, and how he really laid... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing museum of medical bric a brac -- One of the best museum gift shops anywhere -- not all that interesting unless you are into medical history -- near the Soane Museum

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're not a medic, visit here for the quirky, interesting exhibits which are of great curiosity value. Considering it's free for everyone, there is a lot to see. Don't go if you're squeamish!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

The Hunterian is a fascinating place. On first impression, it feels a bit stuffy but as you make your way through the exhibits, it reveals itself to be a fascinating museum, made all the better because admission is free. Highlights include the skeleton of an "Irish giant" and cases full of old medical instruments that make one cringe when contemplating... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum full of body parts and bones.Funny to see parts of former politicians exhibited They were happy to be as exhibitionist in death as they were in life.

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