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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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For the incurably curious indeed!

The Wellcome Collection describes itself, in one of the exhibits, as a place for the incurably curious and I think that is the best way to describe it. Entrance is free for most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We (two psychiatric nurses) only had time to visit the Bedlam exhibition within the Wellcome Collection and found it to be generally quite poor. We both have an interest in the history of mental health care but really didn't learn anything new here. Generally a dimly lit, hushed toned, assortment of mental health artifacts. No clear narrative nor depth of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Wellcome Collection describes itself, in one of the exhibits, as a place for the incurably curious and I think that is the best way to describe it. Entrance is free for most exhibits and the museum as a whole is very well maintained.There is a cloakroom and clean toilets at the entrance.It is basically a collection of various objects... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the Wellcome is a great joint with a very good (book) shop and cafe. I went specifically to see the exhibition on "Bedlam, the asylum and beyond". The permanent collection is first class and always worth a visit, but is outside the scope of this review. "Bedlam" is a challenging exhibition about mental health "then and now" with more emphasis... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here to look at this as a venue for an event as they hire spaces out, but we were told by the events manager to check out the collection while we were there - it was eclectic, interactive and really interesting! Based around medicine and medical science, it was surprisingly broad in scope, the staff were really friendly... More 

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Thank Markymisfit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm in two minds how to review this museum. On the one hand: The building is excellent. The location fantastic. The toilets are spotless. There is a free water fountain. I was a little underwhelmed when I walked into the Medicine man but I was quickly engaged with the items I was viewing. (Unfortunately I couldn't make the audio guide... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not worth a visit. Exhibition is really not worth coming to. Especially with Kids of all ages. Young kids won't understand it and teenagers will be bored. Unless they have an interest in art.

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

Quite a few different exhibits to visit in a really beautiful building. Well laid out, we spent a couple of hours and there was still more to see. We were really impressed and couldn't believe we hadn't been before. Great cafe and book shop too.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with a teenager as well as parents so we were three generations and spent over two hours there. There were some fascinating exhibits and displays, some of which were very hands on and family friendly. Others were less family friendly. The coffee shop and gift shop were very good and I'd be happy to visit again. It's very... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to find somewhere to take my 10 year old son that we would both enjoy. I chose the Wellcome Collection based on a few reviewers comments about it being good for children. Unfortunately my son didn't enjoy it. I asked for the free explorer pack for children as I'd got the impression from a reviewer that it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have known about the Wellcome collection for many years and finally visited on a rainy day. Thanks to the philanthropy and fore sight of Henry Wellcome, we were treated to wonderful exhibits within modern facilities. Their permanent 'Medicine Man' display is Henry Wellcome's personal collection of medical artefacts as well as artwork. Do not forget to pick up the... More 

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