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Old Operating Theatre

St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
St. Thomas's Church 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, England
+44 20 7955 4791
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our recent trip to the old operating theatre museum which we chanced upon, after exiting the tube station after gorging ourselves at borough market. The museum itself is a small attic which is reached by rather treacherous means of a spiral staircase. Entry...More

Thank foodie243
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent over an hour in this tiny museum very close to London Bridge station. The operating theatre is fascinating - but even better was the 45 minute talk on Saturday afternoon at 2pm about how operations were performed without anaesthetics and without any hand-washing...More

Thank Rick W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a beautifull little place, well reccomend and lots to learn! Highly reccomended to anyone even if not from a medical background!!

Thank Fiona P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little attraction tucked away near London Bridge and for a small entrance fee you get to see the old operating theatre of St Thomas Hospital along with displays such as skeletons, surgical knives, medicines, herbs and a whole host of other medical memorabilia. I'm...More

1  Thank Emma W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love medical museums and this one was great. You climb a spiral staircase to the herb garrett where apothecaries compounded dried herbs into medicines and an early surgical theatre. The exhibits included a fascinating display of medical instruments--including some pretty scary looking saws used...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fascinating place looking at the history of operations and St Thomas Hospital Southwark. There is also information about herbs they grew and used as well as the introduction of anaesthesia. It sounds boring but it was incredible. The only thing is you...More

Thank sdee101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a medical professional I bet this is a place that you must visit. Currently (Jun 2017) the nearby site is under renovation, but the museum is open as usual. You have to climb 3 flights of narrow staircase to reach this small...More

Thank RayTHLeung
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away near Borough market, this was a great find and really gave you a good feel for medicine in the 19th century and earlier. Sure, it not a flash museum and the information is purely the objects themselves and signs in English but it...More

1  Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The old operating theatre is a little disguised at the moment as its under scaffolding outside but it was more than worth the search! The entrance is up some very steep and narrow wooden steps which really adds to the experience. The operating theatre itself...More

Thank Oonaghof
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

It's the second time I've been to the old operating theatre and herb garret but I've found something I hadn't seen before each time. Great exhibits, absolutely fascinating to see the range of surgical implements and medical paraphernalia. The herb garret smells amazing! The only...More

Thank ALS1387
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Donald M
24 June 2017|
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Response from zuzuspetals315 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest you check their website. We went in December. Hope it's open for you. It is interesting and a pretty quick visit.
Vanessa H
23 September 2016|
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Response from oldoptheatre | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay, but the answer is no. We are a small charity and the entrance fees allow us to keep the museum running. Please go to our website for more information.
27 May 2015|
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Response from FinnFitz | Reviewed this property |
If you are leaving Caen at seven I cannot see you arriving in London before ten, the ferry takes one hour forty, perhaps and train to London will take an hour or maybe more by the time you have cleared customs and passport... More