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“Fantastically interesting and free museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hunterian Museum
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Ranked #62 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Beccles, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fantastically interesting and free museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Based in the Royal College of Surgeons building in Lincoln Inn Fields this is a medical gem of interesting cases etc both for those with a medical background and the lay public. They do small informal presentations most days by retired surgeons which are fascinating

Visited April 2013
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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
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“Educational”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Very interesting. Went along with my daughter who is studying GCSE History which encompasses the history of medicine - not a subject I've thought much about in the past but I found it absolutely fascinating looking at the exhibits in this vast collection. My daughter found lots of useful information and I'd recommend this to anyone who's child is studying this subject as it becomes more real to the student if they can actually see some of the objects they've read about.
There are tours around the exhibit with a guide which is very interesting. There are cloakrooms and lockers for your coats and bags - all free of charge -wonderful

Visited April 2013
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Absolutely fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

If you are interested in the human anatomy and the story behind the practice of surgery, then a visit to the Hunterian Museum is must. Admission is free and it's just a 5 minute walk from the Holborn tube station. The museum itself is small but there are plenty of things to see. Yes, 90% of the exhibits are human and animal body parts in jars and diseased bones; but each display has a very fascinating story to tell. I could stay here for hours and not get bored. Unfortunately, my husband and son don't share my love for medicine and the human anatomy. Unsurprisingly, they got squeamish and were completely grossed out by majority of the specimens. So we had to leave within an hour and a half, to my utter disappointment. Fortunately, I have definite plans of coming back.

Visited April 2013
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Lingfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Looking at dead things”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This small museum attached to the Royal College of Surgeons is a unknown gem of England. it is basically a couple of rooms looking at body parts, and skeletons. Be warned this is not for the squeamish, but there are some fascinating exhibits. These include the skeleton of the "Irish Giant" a 7'7'' tall man from the 19th century, film of keyhole knee surgery and a small presentation on treating facial battle wounds which was most interesting. There is also examples of early surgeons instruments which makes me so glad to be alive now and not 200 years ago. A good place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“So much to see”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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