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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Glimpses of Medical History

From Neothlithic times to 1980, relive the absorbing (and sometimes gory) history of medicine. Explore the remarkable work of doctors, dentists, opticians and surgeons through models and life-size reconstructions.

You’ll be able to glimpse medical dramas such as the on-board carnage of a warship’s surgery during the age of Nelson, childbirth in a Victorian home and cataract surgery in 11th century Persia. This gallery is not for the squeamish!

Find out more about the rise of preventative medicine, the increasing use of technology and the growth of medical specialisms.

Come to this gallery to explore the complex relationships between patients and those who treat them. If you’re interested in medicine, make sure you visit the Science and Art of Medicine gallery too.

Glimpses of Medical History

Explore medical scenes from Neolithic times to 1980
Floor: 4
Open: Permanent