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“Operations Olde Worlde Style”

Old Operating Theatre
Ranked #140 of 1,918 things to do in London
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Really interesting. Tells the story of hospitals in the days before the 'good old NHS'. Plenty of gruesome looking instruments and jar of leeches! The operating theatre is in an attic and access is via a very tight and long spiral staircase. However, its worth the climb. Its a good old 'theatre' designed to 'show off' medicine (or butchery, if you prefer). If you're a National Trust member, you get in for half-price.

Thank PaulWilkinsUK
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic museum for anyone even mildly interested in the history of medicine. As a final year Operating Department Practitioner student I thoroughly enjoyed having a glimpse into what theatres were like in the 'olden days'.

Thank hazebrv
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

If you're even mildly interested in the history of medicine this small museum is worth the visit. But beware the only way to visit is up a very narrow spiral staircase. We happened to visit when a large school group of high school children were there and enjoyed the lecture that was delivered. It was a richer experience because of that!

Thank Alicia M
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Old operating theatre set off a hospital and used for surgeries on women. The room, the medical devices used in surgeries. All worth the visit!!!

Thank Kim G
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Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

Visited this quirky museum with my grandson as part of his project at school- really fascinating and kept our interest. A talk and fake display of surgery was going on at the time of our visit which just added to the attraction. It really makes you appreciate the nhs and what we have in this Country. Also the history of medicine and what patients had to go through in times gone by. Would definitely recommend a visit if nearby.

Thank snappyo7
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