Barts Pathology Museum

View of the museum's open space

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 some 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 focused 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 and organ potting workshop in the museum too.

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Opening hours

The museum is in use by students of Queen Mary University (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) so is only open during our many interesting events and seminars out of hours

Admission charges

Most events incur a very small charge which includes refreshments such as wine and light snacks (booking is required.) The museum is not funded any other way.

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 of 7 steps

Collection details


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Illustration of a spooky meal

Halloween Eve Dumb Supper

  • 30 October 2015 6:30-9pm

The traditional ‘Dumb Supper’ is an ancient custom used to honour the dead. Participants at this special, limited event will partake of a small three course meal without talking, with only the sound of a live jazz quartet accompaniment for around 45 minutes. The meal's courses are also eaten backwards, beginning with dessert first in an inversion of the 'living' meal ritual.
This unusual event will begin with a short introductory lecture about the Dumb Supper and the rationale behind honouring the dead at this time (Halloween or 'Samhain') and in this location (Barts Pathology Museum). The courses will be consumed in silence but there will be some time for mingling, music and more just before and afterwards. Come dressed as smart as you like, although it's not black tie!

Suitable for

  • 18+


£50 plus booking fee


Getting there

Nearest Tubes are Barbican, Farringdon, and St Pauls

Barts Pathology Museum
3rd Floor
Robin Brook Centre
St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield
Greater London

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