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Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

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Address: 21 Portland Place, London W1B 1PY, England
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+44 20 7631 1650

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre brings together the Association of...

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre brings together the Association of Anaesthetist's archives, museum and library to tell the story of the history of anaesthesia. The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre is open to specialists and members of the public. An appointment is recommended.

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If you are interested in the history of Anesthesia, this museum is a must.

A very small museum showing showing anethetic and related instruments from about 1846 to the 1970's. Made me think how lucky I am not to be born in the 1800's. I found it most... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2016
Madeleine S
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

A very small museum showing showing anethetic and related instruments from about 1846 to the 1970's. Made me think how lucky I am not to be born in the 1800's. I found it most interesting but if you are not interested in anything vaguely medical, it is not for you. My only criticism is that I found it difficult to... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2016

Close to the BBC headquarters in Portland Place lies this small but fascinating museum devoted to the history of anaesthesia. Although advised to book ahead I turned up unannounced one afternoon, was welcomed at reception and then had the place to myself. The museum is divided into two rooms, one housing a display of instruments and apparatus from the earliest... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2015

Didn't pre-arrange a visit, but was greeted professionally and welcomed to the centre. Interesting and informative outline of history of anesthesia and inventions, many are still used in today's anesthetics. Great way to spend an hour or so.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Despite the best endeavours of the Trip Advisor App to convince us this museum was close to Holland Park, we found this museum only a short walk from Oxford Circus tube station. We called ahead as it is suposed to be visited by appointment only, but were told it was no problem to come along that same day, even though... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

This tiny little museum is a gem. The basement of the home of UK anaesthesia in Portland Place just 100 metres from Oxford Circus, has been given over to this Museum of the History of Anaesthesia. Cases full of old and new equipment with clear legends explaining their use and the backgrounds of the innovators. How they get all this... More 

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

The joy of this tiny museum lies partly in its location, in the basement of an old London townhouse that is now home to the Association of Anaesthetists. I visited with my 15 year old son who was studying anaesthetics for history. I rang before visiting and was encouraged to visit any time the next day but was warned no-one... More 

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