The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, London

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Take a trip to a time before anesthetics and antiseptic surgery at The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, home to the oldest remaining operating theater in the UK. Before the construction of the operating theater in 1822, an apothecary probably used the attic space of St. Thomas' Church (part of St. Thomas' Hospital) to store medicinal plants; records refer to it as the "herb garret" and dried opium poppy heads were discovered in the rafters. Take a tour of the restored theater, complete with a gallery of seats where students would observe the operations, and examine a recreation of the apothecary's store. Various displays exhibit antique medical instruments, detailing the grim realities of past surgical practices. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret by using our London trip maker site .
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  • From the moment in which is entered through a tiny spiral staircase, you move in time. A very small museum but with interesting things, and the visit to the operating room makes it great.
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  • Fabulously interesting place to visit. Went on a Saturday so we could join the theatre talk. Places booked without problem by email before. Little tricky to locate. Museum is fascinating with so much ...  more »
  • The museum is situated in St Thomas's Church and you enter via a spiral staircase. The first thing that hits you when you enter the museum is the smell of herbs. The room where the museum is was forma...  more »
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  • Nice, informative spot off the beaten path of the main tourist attractions. Price was accessible, and there is a ton of information and artifacts. I was lucky enough to go when a small school group was in, and got to witness a mock amputation which added to the experience. It was a little tricky to find, though, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Full of weird medical curiosities. An impressive collection and great historical significance. Some very interesting stories. Not for kids.
  • This is the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe. We managed to piggyback a school tour and were treated to a very informative talk about early medicine and surgery, making this all the more special. There many static exhibits showing how surgery has progressed over the centuries.
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  • Awesome alternative site in London! Definitely visit during one of the director's talks, it gives you a unique insight into London life centuries ago!

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