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Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

History Museum and Museum
Bermondsey, London
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  • Lauren K.
    "... small quirky museums. Climb up the creaky wooden staircase and step..."(3 Tips)
    Doug S.
    "Don't book yourself in for surgery, the facilities are a bit old"(3 Tips)
    Suzi
    "tiny spiral staircase"(2 Tips)
    Jordan R.
    "Offbeat and quirky museum."(2 Tips)
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  • Wojciech G.
    This unique atmosphere helps understand exhibition located in this museum. Awesome 😍
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinNovember 26, 2015
    Fascinating museum. Check out the operating theatre. Must have been very grusome.
  • Aurelie S.
    Aurelie SilvestreDecember 7, 2014
    Quirky and well preserved place. A little gem in SE1. A must see!
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KeithNovember 1, 2014
    One of London's best small quirky museums. Climb up the creaky wooden staircase and step back into the 1820s, when students filled the platforms to watch the next amputation: http://bit.ly/1wmJzhY
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 6, 2013
    Climb the stairs to see what operations were like before the time of anesthetics—and if you're up for it, come during one of the surgical reenactments. Read more
  • Nikki J.
    Nikki JojiOctober 11, 2012
    They often hold very interesting talks by leaders of the medical profession - Harold Ellis was amazing!
  • Antony M.
    Antony MossAugust 20, 2012
    Quirky, fascinating, nauseating! Includes operating theatre from days when it was a theatre, with drip tray to catch blood before it soaked through the floor onto the congregation of St Thomas' below!
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupAugust 7, 2012
    Part of the Guy's hospital buildings
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphJuly 13, 2012
    At this old operating theatre near London Bridge, occasional tours recount grisly tales of primitive medical treatments. Amputations without anaesthetic were common, painful deaths frequent.
    Upvoted May 14
  • Susan P.
    Susan PriceJune 8, 2012
    It's a bit dim, but worth squinting at all the cabinets with drugs, cures and herbs. The theatre itself doesn't disappoint.
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RonronJanuary 6, 2012
    Offbeat and quirky museum.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comOctober 26, 2011
    This oldest surviving operating theater in the country (dating back to 1822) used in the days before anesthetics and antiseptic surgery. Spooky! Read more
  • Doug S.
    Doug ShawSeptember 28, 2011
    Don't book yourself in for surgery, the facilities are a bit old
  • Suzi
    SuziSeptember 21, 2011
    You have to climb up a tiny spiral staircase to get in; if you don't break your leg doing so don't worry as there is lots of broken leg memorabilia inside!
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKJanuary 17, 2011
    The oldest operating theatre in the country was rediscovered by chance during building work in 1957. There is sand under the floorboards to stop blood dripping through into the rooms below.
    Upvoted May 14
  • Richard G.
    Richard GregoryOctober 28, 2010
    Recommended: During the holidays there is occasionally a re-creation of the gruesome 19th century surgery practices that once took place there. Very surreal, but well worth a watch! Read more
  • Damien S.
    Damien SaundersOctober 9, 2010
    read Dr jekyll & Mr Hyde after your visit
  • Damien S.
    Damien SaundersOctober 9, 2010
    take a photo of the skull as you walk in the entrance
  • Luke M.
    Luke Murphy-WearmouthSeptember 16, 2010
    Once home to Florence Nightingale, who some say still watches over what goes on here... #ldnghosthunt
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MarlowDecember 18, 2009
    A healthcare time capsule museum in the attic of St. Thomas', filled with great (if a bit macabre) medical devices and stories. Read more
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TurnerNovember 23, 2009
    Have a look at a genuine Victorian operating table. Not a pretty sight. Read more
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