Barts Pathology Museum

View of the Museum

Opened in 1879 by The Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VII), the Pathology Museum is a vast space made up of 3 mezzanine levels each around 8 metres high, all linked by a beautiful spiral staircase.

It contains some 5000 anatomical specimens, including forensic and historical examples, as well as corresponding archive information. Housed within the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital at West Smithfield, it has become a popular venue for unique evening events that promise a fascinating insight into a wide range of subjects.

Recent events focussed on Sherlock Holmes, the unsolved murder of The Black Dahlia, Tattoos as a memento-mori and The Death of Marilyn Monroe. There is a regular taxidermy class in the museum too.

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Opening hours

By private appointment only (due to conservation of upper floors) and during our many interesting events and seminars

Admission charges

Most events are free or incur a very nominal charge which includes refreshments such as wine and light snacks (booking is required.)

Getting there

Nearest Tubes are Barbican, Farringdon, and St Pauls

Additional info

There is a lift from the Robin Brook Centre ground floor to the 3rd floor (accessible through the 'Outpatients' entrance) but the museum itself is accessible only by a very small staircase

Collection details


Getting there

Nearest Tubes are Barbican, Farringdon, and St Pauls

Barts Pathology Museum
3rd Floor
Robin Brook Centre
West Smithfield
Greater London


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