Featuring three thousand objects and covering an area equivalent to 1,500 hospital beds, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries will be 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 will explore our relationship with medicine and health through more than 500 years of history.
As you walk in, you’ll be welcomed by Self-Conscious Gene, a 3.5 metres tall sculpture by artist Marc Quinn; throughout the galleries you’ll find other specially commissioned artworks, including 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 a variety of interactive displays, films and audio recordings that help bring to life the story of how health has affected us throughout history and the medical innovations that have shaped our lives.
Designed by WilkinsonEyre Architects, the five galleries cover more than 3000m². Watch the team from WilkinsonEyre Architects discuss their approach to the project.