Wellcome Collection is a free contemporary museum about the human condition, exploring life, death and everything in between. It makes the familiar strange and invites visitors to uncover what it means to be human. The museum’s permanent exhibitions – Medicine Man and Medicine Now – include fascinating objects, from Napoleon’s toothbrush to Florence Nightingale’s moccasins to Darwin’s walking stick, and its changing exhibition programme covers a range of extraordinary topics.
As well as exhibitions, the venue offers lively public events and the world-renowned Wellcome Library, as well as a wonderful shop, café and restaurant. Its reimagined Reading Room is a new hybrid space bridging library, exhibition and event space, offering the chance to sit and ponder with a wide range of thought-provoking books and objects as well as experience free drop-in events and expert-led workshops. The buzzing café, connected to an award-winning shop, is an ideal place to reflect or catch up with friends, while visitors can enjoy a more relaxed ambience in the restaurant upstairs with a traditional afternoon tea.
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‘A destination for the incurably curious’, the Wellcome Collection is a leading light in London’s scene. Exploring links between life, art, medicine and performance, you can expect exhibitions and events - focused through science – that offer a diversity missing in some institutions.
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This medicine-based museum offers a tour of gruesome from around the world. Here you’ll find a Chinese torture chair fitted with steel blades that is excruciating to look at; even worse are the shrunken heads, boiled down to their diminutive size by the Amazonian Shuar, who believed the practice prevented vengeful souls from escaping.