The Wellcome Collection

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The Wellcome Collection London Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
103 reviews
For the incurably curious... Sep 23, 2013
The Wellcome Collection is a quirky, unusual museum which fuses art and science to stunningly good effect. Temporary exhibits (last one I saw was 'Souzou', or Japanese Outsider Art, created by psychiatric inpatients) provide a beguiling appetiser to the permanent exhibits upstairs. And that's where things start to get REALLY strange...

Do you feel like having your face scanned and then stretched in to the statistical average? How about examining a cross section of an actual human body? If that sounds like fun to you, then you really need to check this place out.
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sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
The Wellcome Collection Jul 06, 2010
The Wellcome Collection is the museum of the Wellcome Trust, and is a free

attraction for "the incurably curious" right opposite Euston Station in London.

It is an interesting museum, focusing mostly on the history of medicine with

some art thrown in. There is a permanent collection and usually some special

exhibitions. At the time of writing, the special exhibition was about Skin, as

a biological organ and in terms of its cultural associations. The exhibition

spanned from the slightly disturbing medical text books from hundreds of years

ago, showing bodies helpfully removing their own skin, through samples of

tattooed skin and a real mummy from Peru, to modern art installations and the

wax hands that Victorian medical lecturers used to show students what rare skin

diseases looked like. It was really interesting, if occasionally a bit


The permanent collection includes art about health, some interesting

photographs, and other exhibits that you would more normally expect to see in a

museum about medicine. There is also a statue standing on the roof upside down,

which I strongly suspect is an Anthony Gormley.

It is an incredibly interesting museum because the exhibits are so surprising,

and much wider than the collection of medical instruments you sometimes see in

science museums. The use of art and photography in amongst the medical

exhibits, and the slightly shocking nature of some of the exhibits, meant that I

learned a lot without ever feeling like I was being lectured to. I'm planning

to go back and have a better look at the permanent exhibition, because last time

I spent most of my time in the exhibition on Skin.

Entrance is free. There looked like there was decent disabled access. The

galleries stay open until 6pm, and Euston Station is directly across the road.
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sarahsan says:
Sounds like a very interesting museum, but like you said, also a bit disturbing!
Posted on: Jul 13, 2010

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