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Old Operating Theatre

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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating...more
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St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We attended a demonstration and really enjoyed both the unique building we were in and the speaker's interactive lecture. He was fun to listen to and shared a lot of interesting details as he painted a vivid (and pretty horrifying) picture of what the sick...More

Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old operating museum is a great place to step back in time to see how medicines and surgery were made and performed. It is rather gruesome though when you look at the tools of the trade and at the kind of ingredients some medicines...More

1  Thank Lesley A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum housed some very interesting medical and surgical artifacts but after going up a claustrophobic staircase, we were a little disappointed about how little time it took to look round. If you have money left in pounds on your last day in the UK...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there yesterday as part of the Open House Weekend. It's a small and quirky musueum with old medical instruments, a real operating theatre and a herb garret. Definitely worth for a short trip but be aware of the small narrow staircase!

Thank Reaaa94
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have walked past this place so many times without noticing it. This was an organised group visit which meant it included a talk in the actual old operating theatre and a ‘bodysnatchers’ walk in the area afterwards. Hats off to both our guides/speakers. Their...More

Thank sennockred
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very near to London Bridge Station. Access up (and down) a narrow spiral staircase (30+),unsuitable for dodgy knees. Has a fascinating collection of historical medical,surgical and pharmaceutical artifacts, together with the actual operation theatre. There is a child's 'find the' sheet. Takes 1-2 hours to...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

I visited this fascinating museum based in the tower of St Thomas’s Church (opposite the old hospital) as one of four people, two of whom are practising nurses. However, as a non-medical person, I found it as interesting as they did and the talk on...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2018

Was around London bridge, so thought I would stop by this rather quirky museum. The first thing to be aware of is that you have to climb 52 narrow spiral wooden steps to access it, though one at the top, you have a really unusual...More

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Hidden away near the Shard is this little gem of a museum. It was the church on the site of the original St Thomas hospital and it’s up a narrow spiral staircase to what was a bell tower. It’s filled with all sort of ancient...More

Thank Edgedid
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

No massive advertising boards outside, no inflated London prices, no queues. Just a small museum with a great collection of medical and pharmaceutical equipment. The theatre itself is a reminder of the rudimentary way in which surgery was done in the Victorian era. The instruments,...More

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19 June 2018|
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Response from Mayfly17 | Reviewed this property |
About 30 mins of glorious gory
18 March 2018|
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Response from Waterdown | Reviewed this property |
There should not be any problems leaving your suitcase. The guy at the ticket counter was very nice. When we went, the ticket counter was upstairs so you will have to carry the suitcase up the narrow stairs. So it will... More
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24 June 2017|
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Response from zuzuspetals315 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest you check their website. We went in December. Hope it's open for you. It is interesting and a pretty quick visit.