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Wellcome Collection

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Address: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7611 2222
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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I read about this exhibition in the paper and thought that it might be quite interesting and different - I was right. It was fascinating to see and read about how mental illness... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I read about this exhibition in the paper and thought that it might be quite interesting and different - I was right. It was fascinating to see and read about how mental illness was managed and treated through time, the changes (for the better) that have been made. The audio guide was provided by patients that have had treatment for... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Wellcome Collection is in a good location near Euston Station and admission is free. There was an assortment of medical objects on display here collected by Sir Henry while on his travels and some of them were very scary and thought provoking, such as a rusty old operating instrument used for amputations, which made you feel grateful to be... More 

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

Not the first time that I have visited and certainly not the last. There are continually changing exhibitions, the latest one on Bedlam but the real gem is the permanent collection with a fascinating array of exhibits, historical, medical and scientific. There is a lovely atmosphere about the place with a highly rated and very popular cafe and a superb... More 

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

The exhibitions were interesting and well-laid out, making me think and explored its issues with a level head. Not for kids, I'd say. They will be bored.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Remarkable museum and gift shop, too. Almost too much to absorb, in a good way! Medical and scientific explorations and oddities. Displayed beautifully. A must see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw two fascinating exhibits free of charge. Not s place I would have gone except for a recommendation. Beautiful space and unique and thought provoking exhibits. Wonderful cafe and bookshop. Absolutely worth a visit!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not on the 'must-see' list, this is a truly curious and engaging museum of medical artifacts. The collection seems to be tied together on the thin thread of 'medical' and has everything from dental chairs to a printed copy of the first sequenced human genome to ancient prosthetic devices to chastity belts. I wouldn't put it at the top... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mental health exhibit lured me to the museum on my second London trip. Weird. Wonderful. Awe-inspiring. The museum showcases the amazing body and/or medical life only a few venture. Well worth a visit. It's free, except for certain exhibits or programming. There's a nice bookshop and cafe on the premises for some fine desserts and a pot of tea.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No excuse not to regularly go to the Welcome Collection: the temporary exhibitions are always informative and innovative. And it is free!!! I love the shop too with a relevant books selections, fun games, gadgets and cute jewellery. Staff shop is lovely (specially the lady who worked last Friday at circa 2pm at the till). I'll be back!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst it may not be for everyone, this place offered a wide variety of weird little things, and at free of charge I would say is definitely worth a look-in if you're walking past.

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