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Wellcome Collection

Temporarily closed

Greater London

Free to all

Wellcome Collection is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

The Wellcome Collection explores medicine in the context of the wider world, and the adjoining Wellcome Library is a major resource for the study of medical history.

Wellcome Collection is the free museum and library for the incurably curious. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art.

Through exhibitions, live programming, and digital and publishing activity, it makes thought-provoking content which aims to challenge how we think and feel about health.

As well as a world-famous library, and a delightful café, restaurant and shop, there is also a place called the Reading Room – a retreat from the bustle outside where visitors can browse, play games, read and connect with new ideas and new people.

Permanent collection

The museum’s permanent exhibitions – Medicine Man and Medicine Now – include fascinating objects, from Napoleon’s toothbrush to Florence Nightingale’s moccasins to Darwin’s walking stick, and its changing exhibition programme covers a range of exciting topics.

The Collection includes more than 100,000 prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs, dating from the 14th century to the present.

In addition to the library's main Medical Collection, resources include the Asian collection, comprising some 12,000 manuscripts and 4,000 printed books in 43 different languages, and the rare books collection, holding around 60,000 pre-1851 volumes covering aspects of medical science and practice.

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, LONDON, Greater London, NW1 2BE

020 7611 2222


Opening times

Temporarily closed

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to implement a planned closure of Wellcome Collection, which will be closed to the public from 18:00 on Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice. ----- Open Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am - 6pm

Free to all

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