Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

History Museum and Museum
9a St Thomas St (near Borough High St), London, Greater London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:30 AM–5:00 PM
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    Lauren W.
    "... 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)
    "tiny spiral staircase"(2 Tips)
    Jordan R.
    "Offbeat and quirky museum."(2 Tips)
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  • Aurelie S.

    Quirky and well preserved place. A little gem in SE1. A must see!

    Aurelie Silvestre · December 7, 2014
  • Lauren W.

    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

    Lauren Wellicome · November 1, 2014

    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

    USA TODAY · June 6, 2013
  • Nikki J.

    They often hold very interesting talks by leaders of the medical profession - Harold Ellis was amazing!

    Nikki Joji · October 11, 2012
  • Antony M.

    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!

    Antony Moss · August 20, 2012
  • Morgans Hotel Group

    Part of the Guy's hospital buildings

    Morgans Hotel Group · August 7, 2012
  • The Telegraph

    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.

    The Telegraph · July 13, 2012
  • Susan P.

    It's a bit dim, but worth squinting at all the cabinets with drugs, cures and herbs. The theatre itself doesn't disappoint.

    Susan Price · June 8, 2012
  • Jordan R.

    Offbeat and quirky museum.

    Jordan Ronron · January 6, 2012
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    This oldest surviving operating theater in the country (dating back to 1822) used in the days before anesthetics and antiseptic surgery. Spooky! Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · October 26, 2011
  • Doug S.

    Don't book yourself in for surgery, the facilities are a bit old

    Doug Shaw · September 28, 2011
  • Suzi

    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!

    Suzi · September 21, 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.

    HISTORY UK · January 17, 2011
  • Richard G.

    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

    Richard Gregory · October 28, 2010
  • Damien S.

    read Dr jekyll & Mr Hyde after your visit

    Damien Saunders · October 9, 2010
  • Damien S.

    take a photo of the skull as you walk in the entrance

    Damien Saunders · October 9, 2010
  • Luke M.

    Once home to Florence Nightingale, who some say still watches over what goes on here... #ldnghosthunt

    Luke Murphy-Wearmouth · September 16, 2010
  • Andrea M.

    A healthcare time capsule museum in the attic of St. Thomas', filled with great (if a bit macabre) medical devices and stories. Read more

    Andrea Marlow · December 18, 2009
  • Jonathan T.

    Have a look at a genuine Victorian operating table. Not a pretty sight. Read more

    Jonathan Turner · November 23, 2009

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