Wellcome Collection

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Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious.

Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities as well as publications, tours, a book prize, international and digital projects. Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Science centre, Library

Opening hours

Monday galleries closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Admission charges

FREE to everyone

Getting there

The nearest mainline stations are Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross.

The nearest tube stations are Euston Square, Euston and Warren Street.

The following buses pass near Wellcome Collection:
10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59, 68, 73, 88, 91, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390

Items from this collection

Collection details

Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Charles Darwin
  • Napoleon
  • Mark Quinn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of medicine now gallery

Medicine Now

  • 1 November 2013 — 1 November 2018 *on now

This exhibition presents a range of ideas about science and medicine since Henry Wellcome's death in 1936. It reflects the experiences and interests of scientists, doctors and patients.

Within the huge field of medicine this exhibition attempts to focus on only a few topics: the body, genomes, obesity and living with medical science. Each is explored through a range of exhibits from science and everyday life, as well as artistic responses to the issues presented in red 'art cubes'.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/medicine-now

Medicine Man

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Henry Wellcome was a man of many parts: entrepreneur, philanthropist, patron of science and pioneer of aerial photography. He also created one of the world's great museums: a vast stockpile of evidence about our universal interest in health and the body.

More than 150 years after his birth in 1853, this exhibition reunites a cross-section of extraordinary objects from his collection, ranging from diagnostic dolls to Japanese sex aids, and from Napoleon's toothbrush to George III's hair. It also provides a very different perspective on some of our own obsessions with medicine and health.

In 'Medicine Man' some objects are gathered by type and others by broad cross-cultural themes. Seven other objects are presented individually and are examined by a variety of commentators from different backgrounds, to show that one object can mean many different things and tell many different stories.

This exhibition is free. See opening hours. Some non-flash photography is permitted in this exhibition. See our photography policy.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/medicine-man

An Indian person in a yogic posture, gouache painting, 19th Century

Ayurvedic Man - encounters with Indian medicine

  • 16 November 2017 — 8 April 2018

‘Ayurvedic Man’ is named after an 18th-century painting from the Wellcome Library that illustrates the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Meaning ‘the knowledge of life’, Ayurveda comprises a centuries-old yet ever-evolving set of medical practices that relies on diagnostics and treatments that combine herbal medications, diet and massage. Widely practised today, it has undergone a series of transformations during encounters with biomedicine and the global market of ‘wellness’. These journeys parallel the ongoing reinterpretation and exotification of historical objects from other cultures.

The exhibition showcases an exquisite range of material, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools. The displays are framed by newly unearthed correspondence to and from Dr Paira Mall, who was sent to India in 1911 to collect cultural and historical objects for Henry Wellcome’s museum and obtain botanical knowledge. The exhibition includes a new commission by artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar reimagining events that took place during the Bombay plague epidemic of 1896.

At a time when pluralistic approaches to health are growing in popularity, societies around the world are at increasing risk of losing natural resources, medicinal plants and traditional knowledge. ‘Ayurvedic Man’ highlights the delicate balance between sharing and protecting heritage, cultural resources and environmental biodiversity.

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s commission follows from his residency at Gasworks, London, which was supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.

Website

https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/ayurvedic-man-encounters-indian-medicine

Getting there

The nearest mainline stations are Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross.

The nearest tube stations are Euston Square, Euston and Warren Street.

The following buses pass near Wellcome Collection:
10, 18, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59, 68, 73, 88, 91, 134, 168, 205, 253, 390

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London
Greater London
NW1 2BE
England

Website

www.wellcomecollection.org

Watch the trailer for Forensics: the anatomy of crime

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t2Yqdj7k4Q&feature=youtu.be

E-mail

General enquiries

info@wellcomecollection.org

Media enquiries

t.morley@wellcome.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7611 2222

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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