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
Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology
Key artists and exhibits
- Charles Darwin
- Mark Quinn
From eight-metre cityscapes to armies of miniature figurines, mouth-made sculptures to arresting portraits and exquisitely woven textiles, Wellcome Collection's spring exhibition, Souzou, is the UK's first major display of Outsider Art from Japan, made by residents and attendees of social welfare facilities across the country
The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di Luce
For the latest Bloomberg Commission, he has created a twelve metre bronze cast of a tree, with a radiant gold-leaf interior, which spreads across the columned gallery.
- Any age
It'll be all Wrong! on the night as Wellcome Collection admits mistakes
Slapstick and nonsense are on the bill with a carnival of fools and the rare chance to discover your inner idiot in a clowning master class with director John Wright. Share your shame by telling us your worst mistakes, and hear others' in our error confessional.
The Wrongness Cabaret gathers a roll call of comedians, scientists, storytellers and magicians to fawn on failure and delight in disaster, whilst the Wellcome Library will be taken over by games designed to reward creative error in the Wrongness Championships.
Around the galleries there will be interactive tests which reveal conviction in the face of confounding evidence, courtesy of Neil Garrett and colleagues from UCL's Affective Brain Lab, disarming perception illusions which make strangers of our brains and bodies, and the Unbelievable Truth of Medical History which challenges us to separate breakthrough from blunder in a quick-fire quiz about disproved cures and theories.
A bar will be open (staff will forgive requests for drinks mistaken not stirred) and there'll be nothing to fault with the delicious food served at the Peyton and Byrne cafe. Blackwell's bookshop will provide plenty of material to challenge what you thought you knew to be true. Sometimes discovering you're wrong is just the beginning of a new adventure.
Admission free. Tickets available on the night of the event only.
Wellcome Collection is getting off on the wrong foot with an all building spectacular celebrating human failures, fallacies and faults. Wrong! brings together scientists, magicians, film-makers and performers for an evening of errors. Leave your right-mindedness at the door and enter a world led astray, where pleasures are irrational and self-deception is smiled upon. We all make mistakes, and Wrong! gives us the right to enjoy them.