This gallery closed on 21 September 2015. A new Medicine gallery will open in 2019.
In the meantime a temporary display, Journeys Through Medicine: Henry Wellcome’s Legacy, is now open. Pay a visit and explore the fascinating history of medicine through Henry Wellcome’s collection of medical objects, which document the changes in medical and collection practices and in our conception of health, through time and around the world.
The Science and Art of Medicine is one of the greatest collections about the history of medicine in the world. This fascinating story is told through a display of 5,000 objects.
Roman tweezers jostle with artificial noses while statues of saints are matched by the magnificent travelling medicine chest of a Genoese nobleman. You’ll find treasures from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and learn about their contribution to the development of 20th century medicine.
Psychology and public health are also covered here, along with major clinical and laboratory specialties such as dentistry, ophthalmology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology and surgery. You can also find out about African, Chinese, Indian and Islamic practices.
There’s an introductory interactive section for children and a video in which patients describe their own feelings.
Come to this wonderful gallery filled with exotic devices and historic artefacts – it’s bound to fascinate old and young alike.