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.
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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



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



States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens

  • 15 October 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

This new installation by Ann Veronica Janssens explores light and colour as she invades the gallery with coloured mist. Colour is caught in a state of suspension, obscuring any detail of surface or depth. Instead, attention is focussed on the process of perception itself. Janssens’s work is both disorienting and uplifting as the daily wonder of conscious experience is given renewed emphasis.

This installation launches ‘States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness', a year-long investigation into the experience of human consciousness.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+



Tibet’s Secret Temple

  • 19 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism

Tibet’s Secret Temple explores Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and their connections to physical and mental wellbeing.

Inspired by an exquisite series of 17th century murals from a private meditation chamber for Tibet’s Dalai Lamas in Lhasa’s Lukhang Temple, the exhibition features over 120 objects including scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts, archival and contemporary film, together with a wide range of ethnographic and ritual artefacts. Three of the murals from the temple have been recreated, by photographer Thomas Laird, as life-sized digital artworks that form the centrepiece of the exhibition.

‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’, by bringing the mural images together with a unique set of objects, will uncover till now unseen stories behind the ancient, esoteric and once secret practices illustrated in the Lukhang murals and show their relevance to the expanding and wide-ranging contemporary interest in meditative wellbeing.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+



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
Greater London



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General enquiries


Media enquiries



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.