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Wellcome Collection

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Address: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England
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+44 20 7611 2222
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably...

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.

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Napoleon's toothbrush and a scold's bridle

Every time I go to London I visit the Wellcome. This place is great. The permanent exhibition is fascinating (that is where you will see Napoleon's toothbrush)and there is always... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every time I go to London I visit the Wellcome. This place is great. The permanent exhibition is fascinating (that is where you will see Napoleon's toothbrush)and there is always an unexpected new exhibition or two to peruse. The reading room is comfortable and quiet if you need a break from being a tourist. It is hard to describe. That... More 

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Inconspicuously located round the corner from Euston tube station, this is the place to go if you have a spare half day. Allow at least 2 hours to absorb just what this man contributed to the medical scene and still does via the Trust. Medicine Man exhibition is fantastic- so much to try and absorb. And that pales when you... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had 2 hours to spare between booking out of hotel and train travel. Close to Euston train station and tube this was the logical solution. What a find, what a gem. Wish we had allowed more time. Free, full of both historic artifacts and thought provoking exhibits. Loved it. All set in a modern, clean and fresh building that includes... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wellcome collection is a mixture of museum space, library and exhibition space. It focuses on human health and medicine but does take in other aspects as well. The permanent Wellcome Collection is very well done, with free audio guide and extremely well curated. The shop has a very good collection of books on a wide range of science topics,... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to pop in if you are near Euston. Varying exhibitions as well as usual exhibits. You can just browse one area. Some interactive exhibits. Cafe had delicious food and not too expensive. Shop had good range of toys and books

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Thank Teresa N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating collections especially the medical one and its all free, don't miss this place. Also has a good cafe and book shop which has a good choice of medicaly related books.

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Thank Jayne C
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place, and so happy I randomly stumbled upon it one day whilst waiting for my train. The exhibitions are quirky, and unique - I think there was one on sleep the last time I went. I also happened to randomly be there and take part in a social dreaming session which was really enjoyable. By far the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure how I've missed out on this gem before. It's a fascinating place with weird and wonderful exhibitions which were interesting. It's set out differently from similar places which makes it rather unique and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Wellcome Collection hasn't no been on my list of places to visit and I wasn't disappointed. Architecturally interesting with a fine Art Deco staircase at the back and an intriguing flattened spiral staircase at the front, it feels open and spacious. The exhibitions are neither over technical nor dumbed down and offer a chance to think about their subjects... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice staff. Interesting collections. They do guided tours of the various galleries through the day. Nice cafe with food and drinks.

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