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Old Operating Theatre

St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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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...more
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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
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+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great museum with some really interesting items from the past. Everything from old surgical equipment to preserved dissected brain and kidneys. Surgical talk in the operating theatre is held on weekends and gives a fantastic description of the theatre and the history of surgeries in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OMG this was so creepy, from Plague masks to ancient remedies and from torture equipment masquerading as medical instruments to a real life demonstration on how surgeons in pre-anaesthetic days performed amputations. Ideal for any medical student or someone interested in history. Very reasonably priced...More

Thank mik712017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to find, even harder to traverse the narrow winding staircase! You will be rewarded if medical history is your bag. Part of the London Pass. Part museum, part lecture. I've been 3 times & always find something I hadn't seen before. Uneven flooring &...More

Thank Seanetta A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having previously lived and worked in London I have no idea how I missed this since I would now rate it as one of the most interesting and insightful museum visits I have made. As previous reviewers have said, access is tricky and not for...More

Thank HarriPud
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Once you find the door then find the stairs you will be transported back in time. I loved it, the atmosphere, the information, the reality, the non commercialism. Such an interesting part of our history. The NHS is so much better than it was back...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing gem of a place - tons of details, we could happily have spent twice as long there looking at all the jars of things and reading about the history of medicine. My kids (8 and 10 year old girls) loved the slightly gory...More

Thank Rosie B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An informative insight into how medicine and surgery was applied back in the 18th Centrury. It's not suitable for Children who haven't got an attention span of a couple of minutes as this would ruin it for all the other visitors. Two things I would...More

Thank Kevin D
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

This is why our operation theatres are called theatres! No germ control here😏 2 in 3 people died of infections early 1800s We were lucky enough to arrive just before a talk was to start, the lady was absolutely amazing and so very passionate about...More

Thank amadar
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Y'all, this has to be one of the most underrated and little-known museums in London! I'm a nurse so obviously I'd have a special interest in a medical museum like this, but wow it was awesome. So many interesting facts and learning about the beliefs...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Was a special trip for my son as he’s taking GCSE history which includes medicine. The museum was interesting and the talk included key dates and information which is useful as well as adding in more detail and gruesome facts. Turns out that gangrene smells...More

Thank Zoe P
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chopkins100
19 March 2018|
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Response from Waterdown | Reviewed this property |
There should not be any problems leaving your suitcase. The guy at the ticket counter was very nice. When we went, the ticket counter was upstairs so you will have to carry the suitcase up the narrow stairs. So it will... More
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Donald M
24 June 2017|
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Response from zuzuspetals315 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest you check their website. We went in December. Hope it's open for you. It is interesting and a pretty quick visit.
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Vanessa H
23 September 2016|
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Response from oldoptheatre | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay, but the answer is no. We are a small charity and the entrance fees allow us to keep the museum running. Please go to our website for more information.
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