Visit: The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

| The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

In 1703, the roof space of St Thomas’ Church began to be used as a herb garret by the apothecary of St Thomas’ Hospital to prepare and store medicinal herbs. The operating theatre – the oldest surviving example in Europe – was added in 1822. Among the items in the museum’s collection are early surgical instruments and operating equipment, bleeding bowls, leech jars, pill boxes and poison bottles. On this visit, members will hear the fascinating and often gruesome history of surgery in the days before anaesthetics, antiseptic and modern medicine.Please note: the museum is reached by a climb of 32 steps up a stone spiral stairway inside the bell tower with a rope handrail – this visit is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties.

Nearest tube: London Bridge

Venue information

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

9A St Thomas' Street, SE1 9RY

Entry details

Tickets 15

Wednesday 10 February, 2–3.30 pm

To book, call 0844 415 4151, Mon - Fri 9.00am - 5.30pm

Lines open 9.00 am Monday 14 December

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)