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Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Science Museum and Event Space
Bloomsbury, London
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    "Free exhibitions, a lovely cafe and shop and an interesting library"(6 Tips)
    Tara S.
    "Reading room and cafe amazing too!"(6 Tips)
    "Always worth a visit: interesting exhibitions and free!"(6 Tips)
    Cj A.
    "Dont miss the medicine man and visit the awesome library"(4 Tips)
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  • Kimberley S.heart icon on user image
    Kimberley Scott-matthewsNovember 22, 2015
    The reading room is great for families or if you're looking for a cosy place to chill on your own. Great comfy corners to read a book or work on your laptop and lots of interesting things to look at.
  • Andres S.heart icon on user image
    Andres SchondubeJuly 26, 2016
    One of my favorite galleries in London, it's well designed and made for you to interact with it. The permanent exhibition has curious objects that can be appreciated by anyone.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    This swanky little museum houses a fascinating and often grisly medical collection. The galleries are open till 10pm on Thursday evenings, often accompanied by talks. Read more
  • Marie S.heart icon on user image
    Marie S.October 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    "Wellcome" is name of the founder. If you're expecting a "welcome to London" kind of deal, you're in the wrong museum :) But they have nice small exhibitions (free!) and a lovely cafe & shop.
  • Marta!heart icon on user image
    Marta!April 4, 2013
    Great Coffe! Tasty Lunch! Free wifi available during 30minutes (then you have to log in again). Nice place for reading, even working little bit :)
  • Kieran T.heart icon on user image
    Kieran TurnerDecember 2, 2019
    Beware the cloakroom attendant who will be very strict about your bag size (and who over-rules the size marker & makes his own judgement). Otherwise, a fascinating place!
  • Thomas D.heart icon on user image
    Thomas DefiseNovember 22, 2019
    I would highly recommend to plan 1 hour to visit the Medecin Man room which has a variety of wonderful piece to see
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesAugust 1, 2021
    Cool exhibits, don’t sleep on the medicine man main one either
  • Giacomo M.heart icon on user image
    Giacomo MasonSeptember 11, 2017
    The best destination for the curious in London. Exhibitions are very well curated and compelling, events and workshops are offered year round.
  • Bijan Y.heart icon on user image
    Bijan YoungJune 13, 2015
    Great museum and well thought out exhibitions. Forensics is really good. Good cafe and and great diversion from the grey of Euston.
  • Browhaus
    BrowhausApril 26, 2012
    The Wellcome is known for curating art around interesting (and morbid) topics. The collections are small, unique, and very creative. In addition to free admission, the building also has free wi-fi.
  • Katy Z.heart icon on user image
    Katy ZackFebruary 3, 2017
    Super interesting spot to see all ok finds of curios, including a lock of arsenic-soaked hair from King George, Napoleon's toothbrush and crazy medical tools
  • Jack J.heart icon on user image
    Jack JenkinsJuly 12, 2015
    Free entry and always worth checking out if you have a spare hour or so, as the exhibits are always well made and changing regularly
  • Jack D.
    Jack DaleJanuary 2, 2016
    This should be on everyone's list of places to see in London. The Tibetan Buddhism exhibition was profound and the exhibitions on Consciousness featuring in 2016 are gonna be incredible!
  • Iz C.heart icon on user image
    Iz ChangDecember 16, 2015
    Free admission and always a great exhibit going on. Sexology earlier this year. Immersive art (foggy room) right now. Not your usual museum.
  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica AnsaldiOctober 4, 2016
    The new Bedlam exhibition is great interesting mix of old and new. Must see!
  • Arthas C.heart icon on user image
    Arthas ChuSeptember 10, 2014
    An absolute pearl in the heart of London. A collection formed partly by you, the visitor. An amazing soul searching exhibition.
  • élise G.heart icon on user image
    élise GilbertFebruary 28, 2015
    Great collection of all things medical related. The exhibitions (free) are well-presented, out of the ordinary and very interesting.
  • Vic M.heart icon on user image
    Vic McGinJanuary 31, 2016
    Wonderful, just wonderful. You will learn with every visit, and it's free.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    Founder Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist and entrepreneur, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade. Read more
  • Carol B.
    Carol BridgeAugust 22, 2012
    Gift shop - great selection of all sorts of science based books, as well as some nice photobooks and classic novels, ideal when you need something for Dad
  • Adina Alto
    Adina AltoJuly 15, 2017
    Interesting collection on human anatomy (though seems to be directed more for kids). The reading room is great, interesting organised events and talks there. Check changing exhibitions.
  • Tara S.heart icon on user image
    Tara ShannonJanuary 22, 2017
    Free, interesting items, really fun to browse through. Reading room and cafe amazing too!
  • Clark G.heart icon on user image
    Clark GilliesNovember 13, 2016
    Fantastic free museum. Little unusual with modern art exhibitions. Really nice cafe area
  • Ana G.
    Ana GrigoroviciSeptember 2, 2012
    They always have great books in the shop and there is a lovely upside down sculpture on the ceiling. Nice atmosphere. Good cake.
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    AliceAugust 3, 2015
    One of my favourite places. Free exhibitions, a lovely cafe and shop and an interesting library
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaAugust 14, 2017
    beautiful curation and exhibitions. The permanent one is just exquisitely edited. Cool store!
  • Londonist
    LondonistOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone who works here (and we've met quite a few) is a genius. That's why it's such a consistently good venue.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsSeptember 20, 2016
    Fascinating exhibitions, and a decent bookshop focused on science and medicine. Free entry!
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChooFebruary 19, 2015
    Love the new Wilkinson Eyre's spiral staircase.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DiffordMay 16, 2011
    Free wifi, decent food/coffee, interesting exhibits and a nice place to meet up for anyone using Euston, St Pancras or Kings Cross stations. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris R (thechristophe)November 13, 2018
    Occasional interesting exhibitions, can be quite self indulgent rather than informative, at times.
  • Jenny L.heart icon on user image
    Jenny LawSeptember 4, 2015
    It's a really interesting place to learn more about science and our body. Come here it's free!
  • Alex G.heart icon on user image
    Alex GibsonOctober 14, 2018
    Lovely place to relax. The 'Living With Buildings' exhibition is excellent and runs until March 2019
  • Chris R.
    Chris RyanDecember 15, 2011
    Make sure you grab lunch at the Peyton and Byrne cafe in the lobby. Amazing sandwiches and the desserts look sinfully delicious.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DoyleMarch 14, 2015
    Got an hour or two to while away? Take advantage of the free admission, free cloakroom and small, well curated exhibits.
  • Tarahheart icon on user image
    TarahDecember 22, 2017
    Lots of interesting exhibits and a funky library worth checking out.
  • Frances J.heart icon on user image
    Frances JosephDecember 3, 2014
    A fun, buzzy, clever place to hang out and have lunch, or visit the latest exhibition.
  • O S.heart icon on user image
    O SMay 28, 2015
    Loved it. Small but definitely worth seeing. At the moment there's an exhibition on Forensics and Sexology - interesting stuff
  • Bijan Y.heart icon on user image
    Bijan YoungJune 13, 2015
    Great exhibitions...forensics currently. Good cafe. One of the few highlights at Euston.
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    London Symphony OrchestraSeptember 16, 2011
    The collected curios of Sir Henry Wellcome include death masks, fertility dolls, shrunken heads and chastity belts. Makes for a fascinating afternoon!
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    KJanuary 4, 2018
    They often have well curated, free exhibitions. Late nights on Thursdays.
  • Vangelis M.heart icon on user image
    Vangelis MoraitisAugust 10, 2016
    Excellent choice to have breakfast or brunch. Very interesting shop
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripMay 13, 2011
    Lots of interesting free exhibitions (the last one, High Society, was great) and a permenant collection of historic medical implements - the birthing chair still gives us nightmares.
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna SzypkowskaFebruary 17, 2018
    Great reading rooms and amazing café where you can stop for coffee after visiting exhibitions
  • Alex B.heart icon on user image
    Alex BurtonJanuary 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Free exhibitions, awesome shop, nice cafe (also check out the new Reading Room part of the library)
  • Dan W.
    Dan Walker SmithDecember 8, 2011
    Free and fascinating. Helpful staff and wonderful themed exhibitions. Dump your bags in the cloakroom for a refundable £1
  • William C.heart icon on user image
    William CostaOctober 25, 2015
    Very well laid out exhibition rooms and good variety of artists.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 15, 2011
    The extraordinary Sir Henry Wellcome (d.1936) founded one of the great multinational pharmaceutical companies, and this museum is based on his amazing collection of medical artefacts.
  • Tom S.heart icon on user image
    Tom ScottDecember 11, 2017
    Museum and library are both unique and fascinating
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