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“What a legacy for the country”

Wellcome Collection
Ranked #108 of 1,633 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Newark, UK
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“What a legacy for the country”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a fantastic place to visit and it's all free. There is an excellent cafe in the entrance area which can get busy. Upstairs there is a long term exhibition on diseases medical cures. Next there is a large exhibition about the life of Henry wellcome and artifacts he collected on his trips. On the ground floor exhibitions are held for various terms. I saw the 'Death' exhibition which was extremely interesting. All the exhibitions are well laid out and thought provoking. The building is also used for research and this the place a lively and active atmosphere. I have been many times and always found something new. Good for all ages..

Visited January 2013
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Groton, Massachusetts
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“Wierdly fascinating”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I must have walked past this place hundreds of times, but this sunday was the first time I went in to see an exhibition. If you are a science buff then this has to be top of your London visit list - though its a lot smaller than the Science Museum, this is quirky yet very professional and polished. Free, welcoming and near perfectly curated shows. We saw the Death exhibition and the permanent exhibition upstairs and spend nearly 3 hours - could have spent longer. Lovely shop and spacious airy open plan cafe compliment the shows. Highly rated.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if you like sciency stuff.”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Have been for a talk and an exhibition. It's something you don't really think about going to but when there it's nice to walk around and have a look. The "Death" exhibition is very good! They also have a book case filled with large books that are meant to represent an entire genome written down. It's basically just a book case with lots and lots of books but gives a perspective of how big the genome actually is.

Visited February 2013
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Maple Ridge District Municipality, British Columbia, Canada
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“An unusual collection of interesting things”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Wellcome collection is the place to go if you love the British Museum, but want to see some more unusual sights. The collection is vast and non-judgemental. And it's FREE!!

Visited December 2012
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“What a great place”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The current Death Exhibition is very interesting, the medicine section on the first floor is great for kids and the drawing area is really fun

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