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Wellcome Collection


Welcome Collection, London

Welcome Collection, London

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About Wellcome Collection:

Wellcome Collection is devoted to exploring the impact of medicine on our lives, through a mix of galleries, events and library. Sir Henry Wellcome enthusiastically collected over a million medical objects and Wellcome Collection displays over 1500 exhibits spanning six centuries. The collections explore the past, present and future of medicine and contemplate our changing relationship with our bodies. Nowhere else will you find ancient sex aids, shrunken heads, royal hair, a DNA sequencing robot, a Marc Quinn sculpture, and a drawing by Picasso under one roof.

Free Special Exhibitions: A series of enlightening exhibitions covering broad themes of wellbeing. Past exhibitions have explored the culture and science of the heart, sleeping and dreaming and the hidden past of 26 skeletons found in sites around London.

Free Events: From discussions with leading experts around health and wellbeing, to performances, screenings, debates, and more.

Check out the Free Family Day Out in Central London which includes a visit to the Wellcome Collection.


The Wellcome Trust
215 Euston Road

Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Euston
  • Euston Square
  • Warren Street

Telephone Number:

020 7611 8812

Fax Number:
020 7611 8258


Official Website:



Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am-6pm (Galleries closed, except public holidays)
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
(Thursday: until 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

More About Wellcome Collection:

Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) interest in health and the body and created the amazing Wellcome Collection. You can see about 500 weird and wonderful artifacts from Sir Henry's original collection in the 'Medicine Man' gallery. This includes Napoleon's toothbrush and King George III's hair. There's a mummified body from Peru dated 1200-1400 and Florence Nightingale's moccasins. You can see a Chinese doctors sign hung with rows of human teeth and Japanese sex aids. Yes, this is a superbly strange collection!

As well as the permanent exhibition upstairs and there are temporary exhibitions on the first floor, plus a cafe and Blackwell's book store.

The building is modern and fully accessible with a lift from the main entrance to avoid the steps.

Children are welcome, but it is suggested that the exhibitions are best suited to those over fourteen years of age. Be aware the exhibition contains human remains.

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