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

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness

  • 4 February — 16 October 2016 *on now

Following on from 'States of Mind: Ann Veronica Janssens', this changing exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, mesmerism, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/states-mind-tracing-edges-consciousness

Voice Hearing Project

  • 14 April — 31 July 2016 *on now

Seven young voice hearers, aged 14-19, have collaborated with artist Hannah Hull to create a significant body of artwork that comments on a key theme in our current exhibition ‘THIS IS A VOICE’.

The main piece created, Everyday Objects Belonging to a Voice Hearer / Everyday Objects Belonging to a Non Voice Hearer, 2016 (pictured above) is on display in gallery 1 on level 0 of Wellcome Collection. Featuring in the ‘Unlocated Voices’ section of the exhibition, this artwork aims to evoke and challenge the viewer’s expectations of a voice hearer. It is a site-specific work which plays with how objects considered to have social significance are presented for public consumption. The work appears as a genuine exhibit of everyday objects and engages the viewer in a process of distinguishing between objects belonging to a voice hearer and those belonging to a non voice hearer.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/voice-hearing-project

This is a Voice

  • 14 April — 31 July 2016 *on now

THIS IS A VOICE' looks inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to capture the elusive nature of the human voice.

This exhibition explores how the unique grain of our voice locates us socially, geographically and psychologically and how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training.

Designed as an acoustic journey, the spotlight is cast on the meaning and emotions conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation. Non-verbal forms of communication are emphasised, revealing the power of the voice before and beyond words.

'THIS IS A VOICE' presents works by artists and vocalists, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects. Download the gallery guide below.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://wellcomecollection.org/thisisavoice

Bedlam: The asylum and beyond

  • 15 September 2016 — 15 January 2017

Opening later this year, 'Bedlam: The asylum and beyond' will trace the rise and fall of the asylum through the lens of its proverbial home, Bethlem Royal Hospital. It will explore diverse and often contradictory ideas surrounding mental illness: how it is experienced
how medicine, art and society have sought to define and treat it
and how we might come to terms with it in the future.

With an emphasis on individuals’ lived experiences, it will include patient art and works by contemporary artists to consider successive incarnations of the hospital and respond to the modern, post-asylum world, in which prescription medications coexist with community projects, creative therapies, online community support and spiritual approaches.

This Way Madness Lies: The asylum and beyond, a beautiful book produced to accompany the exhibition, will be available from the Wellcome Shop and online.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://wellcomecollection.org/bedlam

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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