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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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There are special exhibitions as well, but the core medical halls are brilliant. There are mini group events to join into and the staff will help and guide you and facilitate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are special exhibitions as well, but the core medical halls are brilliant. There are mini group events to join into and the staff will help and guide you and facilitate discussion.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a place, their catch-phrase is so apt! I've always ignored it, assuming it was solely for the medically inclined. How wrong I was. This is a genuine Cabinet of Curiosities worthy of more than one visit. Two permanent and a temporary exhibition and, if that were not enough, a cafe and a restaurant (both excellent value), a fantastic book... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a whole morning here and didn't really look at everything properly. The cafe serves a wide variety of food & drink and the shop has lots of gift ideas. The restaurant on the 2nd floor is excellent with waited service and a good choice of dishes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Opens on all days from 10 am to 6 pm this museum on Euston Road can be finished in an hour or two. Entry is free. You can have coffee in the nice cafe on ground floor, and see exhibitions on 1st and second floor. We liked the exhibitions presently on display, specially 1. 'The States of Mind- Tracing the... More 

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Woking, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This, like so many places on your doorstep, is somewhere that I have promised to visit, many times, but never got around to until today. And what a wonderful building and what wonderful content. The permanent collection could keep you transfixed for hours and there are rotating exhibitions as well. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went with 9yo who was fascinated by the exhibits although actually found some the medicine man exhibits a little frightening! Staff were very good - engaging and helpful and I felt that they wanted us to get the most out of our visit by offering advise on how to tour the museum and giving my 9 yo an activity book... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this quirky exhibition. Really eye opening insight into medicine throughout history and very thought provoking. One of Londons gems

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visted three collections - medicine man, modern medicine and the state of consciousness.. every one of them was amaing and absolutely the best visit of our trip to London and its free!

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

Personally, I think that Wellcome Collection main exhibition is more about medical anthropology than history. It was very interesting, especially if you are interested in folk medicine. The other permanent exhibition, though, is about medical achievement related modern art. Not my cup of tea. But fun nevertheless. There is always one or two interesting temporary exhibitions, still related to medicine.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’m not one for gruesome medical artefacts so I’d delayed visiting the Wellcome museum, but as I walked past there was a clever advert for a Wellcome Detour: a twenty minute self-guided tour of the Collection’s highlights. This was such a good idea – it gives you a taste of the Collection without taking up all day. Indeed there were... More 

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