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Hunterian Museum, London

(4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Explore the oldest museum in Scotland. Founded in 1807, Hunterian Museum is home to over a million items ranging from meteorites to mummies and the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Inspect scientific instruments, Roman artifacts, one of the top numismatic collections, ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages, and a major art collection. Take a free guided tour of Mackintosh House, learn about the diversity of the animal kingdom in the Zoology Museum, explore all aspects of human form and function at the Anatomy Museum, and be sure to stop in at the Hunterian Art Gallery. By using our London tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Hunterian Museum and other attractions in London.
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  • The least we can say, it's that this Museum (free) out of the ordinary! It may be an overview of the advances in medicine and research... Over the windows with skeletons and other jars of formaldehyde, which contain human or animal, healthy or not parts. Informative, even for novices in this area. Some jars might impress the faint-hearted, so better avoid eating just before the visit. But, in my opinion, the visit of the Hunterian Museum is accessible to the greatest number. We learn a lot of things, in a surprising universe. Avoid the afternoon if you want to visually dissecting windows safely.
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  • On the recommendation from a friend, we decided to drop by the Hunterian Museum of a Saturday afternoon. Beautifully laid out and fascinating, the museum is perfect for the more morbid or anatomically...  more »
  • Amazingly different museum find. Free entry but not for the squeamish! Many human and animal specimens stored in jars. Particularly important for students doing medical research I imagine.  more »
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  • It's definitely an interesting place to visit. The displays with explanation of history, procedures etc. are very good. The jars themselves are fascinating and feel a bit overwhelming in their quantity rather than content. If you can attend a tour as you may gain a better understanding of some of the samples. Allow two hours and I would suggest you start on the second floor right away and work your way down.
  • As a science and medical geek this place is amazing!! This museum has a very robust collection of diseased organs and fetus development. The most interesting piece to me was a cross-section of a young child's skull where you can see the development of adult teeth growing in with the baby teeth still in tact. Really cool stuff!
  • This was a really interesting museum (if you like things pickled in jars). It is small so only took about 1HR to look around. But I do recommend this place for something different. The staff at the main reception were rather rude and impolite. But the staff up in the museum were very friendly indeed.
  • This place is extremely peculiar but also fascinating. It is situated in the Royal College of Surgeons and largely consists of slightly gruesome pickled animals and body parts. It probably takes about an hour to walk around. Possibly not for the faint hearted.
  • The best museum in London. A great experience to learn about the human body and the development of surgery. Absolutely fascinating