Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
Greater London




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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 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

Galleries closed (Library open 10.00-18.00)





10.00-18.00 (Library until 16.00)

11.00-18.00 (Library closed)

Closed 24-26 December

Admission charges

FREE to everyone

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



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The Institute of Sexology

  • 20 November 2014 — 20 September 2015 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+



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Forensics: The anatomy of crime

  • 26 February — 21 June 2015

'Forensics: the anatomy of crime’ explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine. It travels from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. It draws out the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes, and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection.

The exhibition contains original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and is rich with artworks offering both unsettling and intimate responses to traumatic events. Challenging familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by fictions that came out of the sensational reporting of late Victorian murder cases and popular crime dramas, ‘Forensics’ highlights the complex entwining of law and medicine, and the scientific methods it calls upon and creates.



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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.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.
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Silence and noise

  • 8 January 2015 7-8:30pm

Close your eyes and open your ears as audio collective In The Dark present an evening of communal listening - like a cinema, but without the pictures. This specially curated event will bring together audio from podcasts, broadcasts, sound archives and field recordings.

From primal screams to pregnant pauses, you will be invited to experience and contemplate the relationship between silence and noise in our everyday lives. The listening session will be followed by a discussion featuring researchers from Hubbub, an international team of scientists, humanists, artists and broadcasters investigating rest and its opposites.

•Rosanna Arbon, In the Dark
•Ed Prosser, In the Dark

This event is part of a series of events exploring rest and its opposites with Hubbub, an international team of scientists, humanists, artists and broadcasters. Hubbub are the first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a pioneering location for creative work that explores what happens when medicine and health intersect with the arts, humanities and social sciences.



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Packed Lunch: Causes of Diseases

  • 9 January 2015 1-2pm

Feed your curiosity at a free lunchtime discussion with Liam Smeeth, clinical epidemiologist and GP.

As a GP, Liam Smeeth wanted to know more about the evidence behind the advice he gave to patients. So he moved into epidemiology, and he was recently involved in the largest study ever showing the relationship between excess weight and various cancers. Join us to hear about his findings on the causes of diseases, from cancer in the UK to cardiovascular diseases in low-income countries.

This event is part of our Packed Lunch series. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiments, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour.

Bring your sarnies with you to eat while you listen.

This event will be BSL interpreted.

Coral reef

Exchanges at the Frontier with Mary Hagedorn

  • 22 January 2015 7-8:30pm

Can the coral reefs be saved? Marine biologist Dr Mary Hagedorn has adapted human IVF techniques to freeze coral sperm and is now beginning to successfully grow corals.

This event is part of Exchanges at the Frontier. Wellcome Collection joins forces with the BBC World Service to host a series of events with some of the biggest names in world science.

These events, which take place with a live audience at Wellcome Collection, will be recorded and broadcasted on BBC World Service in early 2015.

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Wellcome's Collectors

  • 22 January 2015 3-4pm

Pharmacist, philanthropist and Fellow of the Royal Society, Sir Henry Wellcome is now widely recognised as one of the most acquisitive of collectors during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But Wellcome’s collection of historical objects was not the work of one man acting alone. This talk will aim to bring forth from the shadows of his store rooms the men and women who bid, bought, and collected in Wellcome’s name.

This event is part of our Wellcome Library Insights series. Insights sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a theme or topic, whether a long-held or new interest. All are welcome.

Speaker: Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer, Wellcome Library



Faces showing different emotions

Exchanges at the Frontier with Ray Dolan

  • 29 January 2015 7-8:30pm

What role do emotions play in decision-making and behaviour? Neuroscientist Ray Dolan discusses how feeling happy or sad, empathetic or vengeful can change our course of actions.

This event is part of Exchanges at the Frontier. Wellcome Collection joins forces with the BBC World Service to host a series of events with some of the biggest names in world science.

These events, which take place with a live audience at Wellcome Collection, will be recorded and broadcasted on BBC World Service in early 2015.



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A long table

  • 31 January 2015 2-4pm

Conceived by Lois Weaver and inspired by Marleen Gorris’s film ‘Antonia’s Line’, the ‘Long Table’ is an experimental open public forum that is a hybrid performance, installation, roundtable discussion and dinner party designed to facilitate dialogue by gathering together people with common interests.