Medicine and Health
Our main medical galleries are on the fourth and fifth floors. Don’t miss the vivid and occasionally gruesome dioramas in Glimpses of Medical history.
The Science and Art of Medicine contains hundreds of medical objects, many collected by the luxuriantly moustachioed Sir Henry Wellcome. There’s everything from the world’s oldest surviving medical chest to a Chinese acupuncture model and one of the first implantable pacemakers.
Who am I? on the first floor explores the way biomedical science is challenging our perceptions of our own identity, behaviour and origins.
Plus we’ve got the most important piece of mould you’ll ever see. There’s an early sample of Penicillin in Making the Modern World along with one of the first X-ray machines and Crick and Watson’s molecular model of DNA.