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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  • Stumbled across this museum and decided to visit. What a little gem! Yhe staircase is a bit challenging going up and down, but once inside the museum has a variety of displays and artifacts from the f...  more »
  • Found this place by accident but really glad we did. It’s such an unusual and interesting museum which gives an insight into early surgery.  more »
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  • This museum is an absolute gem. You would barely know it’s here (it was hidden for over 100 years and you can see how!). I urge you to make sure you’re there for one of the talks in the theatre. It’s both insightful, gory and beautifully put together. So fantastic to see how far medicine and surgery has come. Thank goodness for modern medicine and the pioneers who got us here!
  • Pros: There’s so much history held in this historical building. If you’re walking around the London Bridge area and have some time to spare, it’s a fun place to pop into and learn a bit of history. This museum makes you appreciate how far we’ve come in medicine! Cons: You have to walk up a very narrow stairway (so I’m not sure if this is accessible to everyone).
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