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

The Science and Art of Medicine

This gallery permanently closes on 21 September 2015. A new Medicine gallery will open in 2019 but in the meantime a temporary display, titled Journeys Through Medicine: Henry Wellcome’s Legacy, opens on 1 October 2015.


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.

The Science and Art of Medicine

Discover treasures that tell the fascinating story of medicine
Floor: 5
Open: Permanent
free