183 Euston Road
020 7611 2222
Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. It explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.
Inside this impressive building you will find three gallery spaces, a public events programme, the Wellcome Library, a café, a bookshop, conference facilities and a members' club.
Gallery, Science centre
10.00-18.00 (galleries closed, except public holidays)
10.00-18.00 (Library until 20.00)
10.00-22.00 (Library until 20.00)
10.00-18.00 (Library until 16.00)
11.00-18.00 (Library closed)
Closed 24-26 December
FREE to everyone
An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition
- 24 June — 12 October 2014 *on now
A is for Acts of Faith, B is for Birthdays, C is for Chemical Life Support… Z is for Zoonoses.
Explore our idiosyncratic A to Z illustrated with a curious combination of Henry Wellcome’s weird and wonderful collection of objects, medical artefacts, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and some equally intriguing contemporary artworks.
Watch the birth of the first test-tube baby (B for Birthdays), listen to Florence Nightingale speak (V for Voice) and sneak a peek at porcelain fruit showing sexual foreplay (X for X-rated).
Our fabulous visitor experience team will further feed your curiosity with live ‘busking’ on topics such as neuroscience and phantom limb syndrome, and offer lessons in forgotten skills such as foot binding, trephination and phrenology. Busking activities take place every day at 11.30–12.00 and 14.30–15.00, and also at 18.30–19.00 on Thursdays.
We invite you, as fellow experts on the #HumanCondition, to add your own idiosyncrasies to this quirky show by participating in the gallery or via social media. See ‘For your contribution’ below.
This exhibition runs throughout the summer ahead of our £17.5 million redevelopment, to be completed in autumn 2014.
- Family friendly
The Institute of Sexology
- 20 November 2014 — 20 September 2015
The Institute of Sexology’ tells the complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex through its pioneers.
Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, erotica, film and photography, 'The Institute of Sexology' is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex including Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and the team behind Natsal.
From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), the exhibition investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.
This is the first of our longer exhibitions in our newly opened Gallery 2. ‘The Institute of Sexology’ will evolve over the course of the year, with new commissions, live interventions, discussions and performances within the gallery space. The exhibition is part of a wider Sexology Season of activity across the country including Brighton, Southampton, Manchester and Glasgow.
Please note that ‘The Institute of Sexology’ includes exhibits and live events of a sexual nature.
MEMORY MOVEMENT MEMORY OBJECTS: Alice Anderson at Wellcome Collection
- 23 July — 18 October 2015
In July 2015 Wellcome Collection will present a major exhibition of works by acclaimed artist, Alice Anderson: ‘Memory Movement Memory Objects’. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating glistening landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. Each piece is an exploration and act of memory. Both the making and display of works interrogate how we create, recall, transform and seal the past and imagine the future. Over 100 works will be displayed and, uniquely, visitors will be invited to contribute to the creation of a new work during the run of the exhibition, as a car from the artist’s life is mummified in the gallery.
The gallery will carry the mesmerising glint of displayed treasure, akin to entering a Pharaoh’s tomb, but the objects on show are fashioned relics, or new archaeology. Strikingly lit, the sheen of copper is, for the artist, key to the absorbing physical and mental experience of entombing objects. The process of mummification is simultaneously a gesture of protection and an invocation of death, and Anderson’s exquisite sculptures pose challenging questions about the comforts and consolations of creating and sharing memories. Offering an alternative way of remembering, the exhibition will animate the terrain where movement, objects and consciousness meet.
- Any age