Wellcome Collection

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Wellcome Collection
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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About
Our doors have re-opened and we can’t wait to see you. You will need to book a ticket to enter the venue, and follow our safety measures. To book your ticket and to find out more, visit our website. You can also explore our online events, collections and Stories on our website. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art. Our galleries are closed on Mondays, however the library and cafe are open from 10.00-18.00. We are part of the Wellcome Trust, which was established under Sir Henry Wellcome's will in 1936. Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, which aims to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
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Neighborhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
How to get there
  • Euston Square • 2 min walk
  • London Euston • 3 min walk
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anonemouse081
Coventry, UK123 contributions
We went to see this collection almost by accident. It was a perfect way to spend an hour or two before catching the train from Euston station, which is just across the road. There are also buses on that road that connect to Paddington, Marylebone , Liverpool Street and St Pancra stations. I heartily recommend it as somewhere to pop in and see the latest exhibition if you're going through the area, let alone going there for them all. There's even a luggage cloakroom for smaller bags and suitcases. If you are using the wheelchair they can provide (for free) for visits i would recommend leaving your coat at the cloakroom if it is bulky at all as the style of wheelchair has large wheels which clothing can catch on. (PS i was told they have only one wheelchair to loan out, so booking it would probably be a good idea) The only two downsides was that to get to the shop you need to use the same piece of walkway that the cafe counters is along, so in a wheelchair or with a walking stick(and/or with sight impairment) it can be a bit of a challenge as people mill round and step back without thinking. However the most disappointing aspect was that as you enter you have the choice of perhaps twelve steps or an open topped lift which is designed for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This means that as someone with balance issues standing on this platform which jerks as it starts and stops, and can wobble slightly as it does the short journey (more so than a standards lift), it is very disconcerting.
Written January 25, 2020
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Mike J
Luton, UK52 contributions
Couples
This free venue hosts a variety of exhibitions we went to the Joy Exhibition And the Reading Room. The exhibition was interesting moving from defining joy chemically with dance into other areas. We had a good 40 minutes before enjoying the interactive installation at the end of the exhibition.
Then onto the peaceable and beautiful reading room.
Written March 4, 2022
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Traveller of the world
1,268 contributions
Solo
This is a really interesting free museum. Most of the exhibitions I have been to have been really interesting and you learn a lot. Well laid out and easy to understand. Some exhibitions are permanent but others change. They also do talks and workshops. Check online. With the ongoing pandemic, these are not as frequent but I am sure they will schedule more as things improve. There are a few floors. The museum always has a nice atmosphere. Never too busy so you can enjoy the exhibitions. Thursday they open late till 20:00. The library is also nice. There is a café as you enter the museum. I don't think the shop nor the restaurant were open from what I could see, but check as I may be wrong. Despite government guidelines changing, the museum does request that you wear a face covering unless exempt and to help with social distancing they have printed mini booklets to avoid people gathering at information boards which is also useful. Very clean. Staff are always pleasant and friendly.
Written March 31, 2022
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J-thang
United Kingdom2 contributions
I had passed this often for years, always wanted to go in and explore but was always too busy when I was in town.

Well we finally got the time and went; expecting to see some interesting artefacts and read/hear a few stories about the history of medicine (etc) from Wellcome’s unique collection.

Instead I saw large tracts of space filled with illuminated photos of forests, photos of folk dancing, spacemen models made from rubbish etc. Quite frankly all a bit ‘1990s pretentious art gallery’; yawn.

Some interesting articles , on bio-hacking for instance were rather alarmist, sensationalist and in the end factually inaccurate. Has the smell of poor journalism about it to be honest, more like internet click-bait than a trusted collection.

I did, however like the exploration of diversity and culture but I thought it missed an opportunity to explore the positive impact and contribution that all cultures and peoples have made to healthcare and medicine worldwide, as well as how we are all facing the challenges of the future, together.

On reflection I feel that the curators have taken a massive and unique collection and shoved it into storage in favour of hackneyed old ‘installation’ art that had its proper last gasp 20 years ago.

In short a waste of time. Far better art experiences (and far far better celebration of everyones contribution to a caring and healthy society) to be had elsewhere.
Written November 16, 2021
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Lily
Acton, UK2 contributions
Went to see the tranquility/Joy exhibition and I genuinely felt calm and joyful in those spaces! See a lot of people complaining about the content on display and it being too arty... honestly find that confusing because isn't that exactly what art is, subjective and not tailored to everyone.... I didn't like everything on display but I don't think that detracts from the overall experience in anyway as I don't go to an exhibition expecting that everything will have value to me.

Anyway, I liked it a lot and have no complaints
Written November 18, 2021
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mccPreston
Preston71 contributions
Found the whole thing disappointing. The Tranquility exhibition was mainly blow up photos of trees in a very dark area. It would have been much better if there had been some seating in there.
The Joy exhibition looked as though it had been put together by primary school children or a high school art department. Medicine Man had one or two interesting exhibits but does not compare to the Hunterian Museum. It was a complete waste of time.
Written August 27, 2021
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Traveller of the world
1,268 contributions
Solo
This has always been one of my favourite museums. The exhibitions are free. It's different to other museums, like an educational journey. Well laid out. Some exhibitions are long standing and others are rotated so there is always something new to see. There is a nice reading room on the top floor where you can grab a seat, read, learn and relax. Staff are always very friendly. Clean and well laid out. With the pandemic, you need to book a ticket prior to coming even though it is free. This is so they can manage numbers. On the entrance level, there is a cafe and museum shop. On the top floor, they have a restaurant. Closed at present given the pandemic. They often have good events and lectures (some you need to pay for) and late night Thursday. Hopefully they will bring this back post C-19.
Written July 8, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,305 contributions
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Medicine Man’s exhibition still has pride of place on the second floor but he is now joined by a couple of explorations as to what it means to be human. The first called Tranquility featuring an amusing critique of the wellness industry by Jasleen Kaur before studies in medieval well-being before immersing the visitor in a rain forest. The second called Joy including uplifting videos of humans uplifting with emotion, playful drawings and an assemblage of semaphore poles. This takes the visitor directly into a gallery posing the question what is it like to be human now featuring colourfully sexy body adornment huge illuminating, anatomical models and even a couple of gas cylinders. The downstairs cafe was in full swing but the shelves of the bookshop has been denuded of books.
Written July 24, 2021
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star8sky
Charlestown, UK176 contributions
We spent a couple hours here on a Saturday afternoon after seeing the 'Play' exhibition and festival advertised.
Personally, I actually thought the 'play' exhibition wasn't as great as I imagined it would be.
However, the medicine & human body exhibitions were really interesting. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area and have a couple hours.
Written February 17, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand19,410 contributions
Really interesting displays located in the Wellcome building. They have multiple exhibitions going on, each located on different floors. It was nice to just wander around the look at the exhibits. It was free entry and definitely worth the time if you are interested in medicine and humans. I quite liked the top floor with the mini library and the desks to sit and enjoy the books there.
Written January 20, 2020
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