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Wellcome Collection

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Address: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England
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+44 20 7611 2222
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably...

Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. It explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities. Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.

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Always worth a visit

If you have a spare hour or two this is always worth a visit. As well as the permanent collection there is usually a special display, events and activities going on - all of which... read more

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have a spare hour or two this is always worth a visit. As well as the permanent collection there is usually a special display, events and activities going on - all of which are free (yes, folks, something in London for free!). Plus you will have a chance to spend some money in the lovely café, not to... More 

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been visiting London for many years and never visited the Wellcome Collection. 5 minute walk from St pancreas train station it is definitely worth a visit. Interesting exhibitions to view and it's free. Lovely restaurant and cafe and a great shop. Top floor there is a great reading library too. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An eclectic review on obesity in modern society and the discussion of genomes // cafe// free entry // walk from Holborn approx 15 to 20 minutes ..

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was disappointed by my visit as most exhibits are aimed at children. There is a room of surgical items that may not be suitable for children. The human genome did not excite me. There was not enough explanation as to what things were.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this collection on the recommendation of a friend nd are glad we did. Although it is science base, there is lots here to interest non-scientists like me. There is a gallery of items colelcted by Wellcome over the years classified by general themes, and an interesting temporary exhibition on how we classify animals and the assumptions humans make.

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really hard to describe what sort of museum this is. As a personal collection of the person it is named after it totally makes sense. It's informative, its abstract, it shows you things that you would expect to see in an old curiosity shop. Its art, its science, its medicine, it is amazing. Set on two main floors... More 

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wellcomecollecti2017, Communications Manager at Wellcome Collection, responded to this review

Hi Matt, Thank you so much for your review - what a wonderful way of explaining Wellcome Collection! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we'd love to see you again soon. We're opening a new exhibition, 'Electricity: The spark of life' on 23 February, so hopefully that's a good excuse for another trip! :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit with exhibits from Wellcome's collections from around the world. Handy place for Euston Station. Nice cafe and restaurant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of fascinating hours here, interesting range of exhibits, some pretty gory and others beautiful. Really good if you're by Kings Cross St Pancras or Euston and have an hour or two to spare. Good cake in the café downstairs, coffee was a bit ordinary though

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating collection of unusual medical instruments and artwork. A very eclectic assemblage of items that are very unique and informative (often in a bizarre way). It is a small museum and easily manageable in two hours time. Top floor has small dining area for drinks and light lunches. There is an outstanding reading/library area that has an extraordinary decor... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wandered around looking at historical medical equipment but also interactive exhibits. The shop has some interesting things in.

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