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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 Theatre in the 19th century.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old operating theatre is a little disguised at the moment as its under scaffolding outside but it was more than worth the search! The entrance is up some very steep and narrow wooden steps which really adds to the experience. The operating theatre itself...More

Thank Oonaghof
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's the second time I've been to the old operating theatre and herb garret but I've found something I hadn't seen before each time. Great exhibits, absolutely fascinating to see the range of surgical implements and medical paraphernalia. The herb garret smells amazing! The only...More

Thank ALS1387
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would normally not leave a bad review about a temporarily closed attraction. The museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but there is no notice on their official website to say so. Hopefully this review will save someone else the disappointment of turning up to...More

Thank andgreyskies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't usually get so excited about museums, but this was a complete exception! I purchased the London Pass, which offered free entrance to this museum, and it officially became my favorite site in London. We went here on a side thought because we were...More

Thank cbruce422
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Decided to visit this museum as I'm a theatre nurse by trade! Very fascinating and even if you're not in the medical field I would still recommend visiting this museum. Lots of old instruments to see and medicines. Quite hard to find off the street...More

Thank Amanda R
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We've had a few friends recommend visiting here so decided to pop along for a couple of hours the last time we were in London. Firstly, as the title says, this literally is a hidden treasure! We must have walked past the entrance two or...More

Thank OllyIB
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This was the second time that we have visited this museum. It has interesting exhibits on medical history. It is also fascinating to see where surgeries took place in the past. It definitely makes me appreciate modern medicine.

Thank Sabrina K
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Very cool! An old operating theater that was forgotten, boarded up, and found again. I really felt like I was about to watch a grizzly anesthesia-free surgery. And they have tons of cool old medical stuff on display. I'm a nurse and such a nerd...More

Thank SaraK987
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I'm a nurse by trade and a history buff, and these two together were fascinating for me. But you don't have to be of the trade or a history buff, it's a fascinating story of the theatre and medicine and the grisly past of operations....More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I was so keen to visit this museum as the subject interests me a great deal. The exhibition itself is indeed very interesting with lots of medical implements, specimens and other fascinating artifacts displayed however the curation of these is a little chaotic and a...More

Thank Becksybooo
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Vanessa H
Is this museum free to enter?
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.
How early can you enter to the dockyard, without going to the attractions ? I'm arriving at 7:00am on a Britanny ferries from Caen ,and I would like to just walk around before leaving for Salisbury . Thanks !
27 May 2015|
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Response from FinnFitz | Reviewed this property |
If you are leaving Caen at seven I cannot see you arriving in London before ten, the ferry takes one hour forty, perhaps and train to London will take an hour or maybe more by the time you have cleared customs and passport... More