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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Featuring three thousand objects and covering an area equivalent to 1,500 hospital beds, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries is the magnificent new home for the most significant medical collections in the world.

Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts from the collections of Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum Group, including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment, the galleries explore our relationship with medicine and health through more than 500 years of history. 

Throughout the galleries you’ll find specially commissioned artworks, including 'Self-Conscious Gene', by Marc Quinn, a bronze sculpture by Eleanor Crook, a series of portraits by award-winning photographer Siân Davey and an installation by Studio Roso, as well as  interactive displays, films and audio recordings.

As a reminder of our huge national effort to save lives and protect the NHS, the empty vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines used for the first mass vaccinations worldwide, COVID-19 testing kits and signage from the Government’s daily briefings form part of a new COIVD-19 display in the gallery.

With five vast and visually stunning galleries containing more than 3,000 medical artefacts, striking artworks, interactive games and immersive experiences, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries will bring the history of medicine to life.

Take a closer look at what's on display in Collection Online

Designed by WilkinsonEyre Architects, the five galleries cover more than 3000m². Watch the team from WilkinsonEyre Architects discuss their approach to the project.

Title funder

Supported by

Principal sponsor

Major funder

Major sponsor


Art Fund

Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)

Thanks to

Britford Bridge Trust

Medical Sciences Historical Society

Dr Martin Schoernig

An anonymous donor

Media Partner

Part of the Science Museum Group