This gallery permanently closed on 21 September 2015. A new Medicine gallery will open in 2019 but in the meantime you can visit a temporary display, Journeys Through Medicine: Henry Wellcome’s Legacy, which opened on 1 October 2015.
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.