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“A good free attraction but not for the squeamish”
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Hunterian Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A good free attraction but not for the squeamish”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

The museum is situated on the first floor of the Royal College of Surgeons building on Lincolns Inn Fields but is not open on a Monday. You just get a visitors badge at the reception desk on the ground floor.
The exhibits feature preserved anatomical features of both humans and animals, some with specific medical defects. They are well lit and labelled. There are also various pieces of medical equipment on show including saws etc. used for amputations. There are details of laparoscopic procedures too as well as a skeleton showing all replacement prostheses. A film is shown of a brain surgery technique too. In one area there are a few portraits of people with some form of disability e.g. dwarfism.
There is a small shop too.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you have an interest in all thing medical or if you like things a little weird this is a worthwhile hour or so to spend.

Visited March 2013
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“Unique history in a modern setting”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

I try only to review attractions that offer something that you can't get anywhere else, and this certainly fits that criteria. Before visiting I had the impression that this would be dusty Victorian rooms of bizarre body parts. The first part was certainly wrong. It is modern, well lit, beautifully displayed collection of bizarre body parts. Every body part from a wide range of species. We had a very interesting free tour with the curator (Wed lunchtimes). She nicely set the context for the collection from grave robbing to developments in surgical techniques. After an hour I was tired as there was so much to look at, but I could easily go back several more times. If you're interested in what's inside the body, how it works and how it sometimes goes wrong, you'll be fascinated.

Visited March 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Interesting in pleasant surroundings”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Took my family to Huntarian in half term, purely because we've been to all the large museums in London and know how busy they get. First of all the location is lovely. We got off at Holborn and meandered through the back streets (past a nice old traditional pub that we popped into on the way back to tube!). I've since discovered the Sir John Soames Museum was opposite, which would've been interesting to see. The Huntarian Museum itself was fascinating. My 6 year old loved it and especially the shop. My 13 year old, who is a bit squeamish, not so much. I went to a similar museum in St Petersburg and had high hopes. The Huntarian is very different, it's a lot more sanitised for a start. Nevertheless the exhibit upstairs has a very thought provoking display on war surgery. Definitely recommend for an hour's visit.

Visited February 2013
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

If your interested in science and the anatomy of the natural world, this is the place for you. There are so many weird and wonderful objects on display that will take your breath away.
If possible, attend when the tour guide is available for some interesting history. I don't think I've ever visited a museum like this before! If your other half isn't into this then go alone, it's worth it!

Visited August 2012
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