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“So much to see”
Review of Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum
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$123.07*
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Ranked #63 of 1,616 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Manchester
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“So much to see”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is a small museum of body parts in jars. You have to collect a visitor's badge from the helpful folk on reception. There are body parts of various animals - kangaroos, rodents, insects, crocodiles, humans and many other. There are foetuses, diseased body parts, bones, surgical history and pregnancy in a range of animal types. Free to get in and too much to take in in one visit. Go and marvel at the intricacies of evolution. Don't be squeamish.

Visited March 2013
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Yorkshire
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

With so many 5 star reviews I was expecting something fascinating but was quite disappointed. There were a few interesting items such as the honeycomb bone of a syphillis sufferer and the thickened skull of Paget's Disease but the hundreds of pathalogical specimens just didn't do it for me. Upstairs was an exhibition of the history of surgery and videos of operations which was much more interesting but nothing like as fascinating as the Thackray museum in Leeds.

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Something different”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

John Hunter was a pioneering 18th century surgeon and scientist. This free museum, a short walk from Holborn Station, and situated in the building that is home to the Royal College of Surgeons, is well worth a visit. On show are animal and human specimens of anatomical and/or pathological interest, some illustrating the effects of abnormalities or disease. It is not for the squeamish or small children, I would suggest. There are explanations and illustrations of surgical techniques from earlier centuries, as well as displays showing the evolution of medical treatments. While it may seem of specialist interest, there is much here of general interest, and the collection is among the most comprehensive of its type in the world. It showcases a period and a personality of great interest for any student of science. The staff are also helpful.

Visited March 2013
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Devon, England
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“Amazin'”
Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

So interesting on many levels. Beautifully presented Very informative and being "donations only", it is as cheap or as expensive as you choose

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Preston
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“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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