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Wellcome Collection

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Address: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7611 2222
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably...

Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. It explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities. Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.

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Fun, interesting and free!

Really interesting collection of some of the most fascinating items I've ever seen. The collection is well laid out and the building is a pleasure to walk around. There's more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really interesting collection of some of the most fascinating items I've ever seen. The collection is well laid out and the building is a pleasure to walk around. There's more than likely something to interest everyone in here! The cafe is great too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had some time to spend in London and was looking for something interesting which Wellcome Collection definitely was. There was a free half hour tour at 11:30 led by one of the curators which made me think more about mental health care over the centuries and how poorly we understand the problem. However, the rest of the collection was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really brilliant museum. The Bedlem exhibition was a bit disappointing as I was expecting it to be a bit more gruesome. But the medicine man exhibition was awesome. So much to see and an amazingly informative, free audio guide! And lots of things you've never thought you'd be interested in seeing, like the sets of forceps showing how they've changed... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the whole Wellcome experience. From the exhibits to the reading rooms, to the cafe and shop all were thoroughly enjoyable. We went on a tour of the medicine man exhibition and our tour guide was brilliant, a real asset to the organisation. It was one of the most enjoyable exhibition tours I have ever taken, funny and informative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A tale of two sides. We needed a half day of entertainment close to Euston, and we were hungry too... perfect! First we ate lunch in the ground floor cafe. It wasn't cheap but it was good value! We had fresh, home made salads and quiche, with a small glass of red wine, and it set the visit off on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This collection was assembled by the pharmaceutical magnate and philanthropist Sir Henry Wellcome. Highlights, The Human Genome, which is full shelf encyclopaedia listing the sequence of the nitrogen bases that make our DNA. Have a look how minuscule is the Y chromosome is! There is the science collection of quirky objects, with their explanation fused with related art from people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Full of wonderful curiosities. The 'Asylum' exhibition was fascinating. The cafe and shop were good too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of the course I am studying (Forensic Mental Health) we were told about the Wellcome Trust as there is an exhibition currently called 'Bedlem' so we headed over and in all honesty it was very insightful and gave a clear depiction in how far Mental Health treatment has come.. I would recommend popping over as it is free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a great one to visit. We loved the main collection quite a bit. Mixed in with the curiosities is some notable artwork too. I plan to make another visit because I'm sure I missed just as much as I saw.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum where you can while away a few hours and reflect how science, art and social history are intertwined. Ostensibly medical, it is actually a laterally-thought-out achievement in informing, amusing, and enabling us to appreciate how far we have come in understanding medicine, and possibly highlighting how far we have to go. We didn't have much... More 

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