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Wellcome Collection

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Address: 183 Euston Rd, 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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Amazing collection! We went to this not really knowing what to expect and we were both delighted with it. Somethings were a little strange but interesting all the same.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing collection! We went to this not really knowing what to expect and we were both delighted with it. Somethings were a little strange but interesting all the same.

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Thanks so much for your visit and your review - glad you enjoyed your time at Wellcome Collection! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Poitiers, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am a curious person however this museum just didn't do it for me. Having followed French a -level education, the exposition on the voice and the exposition on conscience and mindfulness were both quite introductory. However they could be good for younger audiences if they can appreciate the educational value of the gallery which was presented in low lighting.... More 

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We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your visit to Wellcome Collection. Our mission is to explore the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future, and we hope our exhibitions have something to appeal to everyone. We have a mix of exhibitions throughout the year, and our next one is ‘Bedlam: the asylum and... More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely educational diversion from the hustle and bustle of Euston Road. Had 2 hours to spare before catching my train home from Kings Cross. Delighted to find a free cloakroom to leave my bag while spending an interesting couple of hours here. Will return for a 'proper' visit with my family.

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Thank Hcn005
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So glad you enjoyed your detour at Wellcome Collection! We’d love to welcome you and your family on your next visit – our next exhibition, ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ opens 15 September, and you can find details about upcoming events on our website. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I might be a total human body geek but I do feel this would be fun and educational for any audience. The craziest collection of oddities and human biology inspired art, temporary exhibits on cool topics such as "Body modifications".

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Thanks for your review – we’re so glad you enjoyed our exhibitions, which we hope appeal to total geeks and everyone else too! We hope to see you back again – perhaps for a tour, talk or late night spectacular, details of which you can find listed on our website. More 

Perth Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Confession, we went to this with a fierce hangover. On the upside, it was quiet, not too bright and thoroughly diverting and not full of loud tour groups. By the end of wandering around for a couple of hours seeing the exhibits we felt human enough to have coffee and cake in the café. The states of mind exhibition was... More 

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Thanks for your review! We’re glad you had a good visit, and happy we could provide a space to soothe your hangover. So happy you enjoyed States of Mind and Medicine Man – we’d love to welcome you back for our upcoming exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ which opens 15 September. More 

Stroud
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being in the medical field and having always been aware of the Wellcome Foundation I was curious about the collection. The standing collection of bleak medical instruments was more than a little disturbing - you would not want a 'Night in the Museum' night in here!! The communal spaces, restaurants and library were lovely, calm spaces and the food and... More 

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We’re glad you enjoyed your visit to Wellcome Collection – we hope you visit again, perhaps to see our upcoming exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ opening 15 September. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wasn't sure what to expect but it was a great mix of medical, historical and art based exploration of anatomy. there are audio guides for the main exhibition and appeared to be regular guides of the temporary exhibition. set in a beautiful building (make sure you visit the library on the top floor), with a lovely cafe for post-visit discussion.

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Thanks for your review and for visiting us – we’re glad you enjoyed our exhibitions and cafe. Hope to welcome you back soon for more discussions! :) More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've always been an avid fan of the Wellcome Collection. It's curation is second to none and the content is always captivating. This seasons exhibitions weren't as enticing to me as they usually are but educational and fun none the less. It's the first time I saw the new library as well, it was absolutely fantastic, what a great place!... More 

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Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed the new library - we love it too. We'll pass on the appreciation to our Visitor Experience team. We hope to see you again soon - we have a new exhibition opening on 15th September, ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’, which traces the rise and fall of the asylum and explores diverse and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first visited the wellcome collection a few years ago and can't stop going back, especially since all the exhibition spaces are free. Anyone interested in art, medicine or just the human experience should definitely take a trip. I particularly enjoy the reading rooms where there are spaces to draw, read from a number of medical books and journals, and... More 

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Thanks so much for your review - we're glad you enjoy our exhibitions and the reading room (we love it too!). We hope to see you again soon for our new exhibition, 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond', which traces the rise and fall of the asylum and explores diverse and often contradictory ideas surrounding mental illness, opening 15th September. More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this free museum with our children (aged 11 and 12) to kill a couple of hours whilst in London. Just a stones throw away from Euston Station this weird mix of science and art seems, for the most part, to work. There are several temporary exhibits that support the permanent ones. We were, overall, puzzled by the "this... More 

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Thank Sally H
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Thanks for your review - we are always grateful for visitor comments and feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed 'Modern Medicine' and 'States of Mind'. While our exhibitions are aimed at those 14 and up, we hope that people of all ages enjoy our galleries and activities. We hope you keep us in mind in a few years, as... More 

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