British Dental Association Museum

School pupils on a visit to the BDA Museum
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The British Dental Association (BDA) Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the U.K. telling the story of how dentistry has developed from a marketplace spectacle to the complex procedures and treatment of today. The Museum welcomes all visitors and has an education and outreach service for schools and adult groups. "Great fun and very informative." "Quite an eyeopener - thank you from a non-dentist."

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Opening hours

Tues and Thurs 13.00-16.00
Other times by appointment

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

The Museum provides an inhouse education service and also an outreach service.

The collections of the BDA Dental Museum comprise over 30,000 objects, archives and images relating to the history of dentistry in the U.K, and is of international importance. The collections tell the story of the growth of the dental profession and industry and include items such as artificial teeth, instruments, machinery, furniture, archives, fine arts, photography and related dental ephemera.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Film and Media, Fine Art, Medicine, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • King William IV dentures
  • Silver clockwork drill
  • Pelican extraction tools from the 16th century
  • Waterloo teeth
  • Thomas Rowlandson prints
  • George Cruikshank prints
  • Silver handled toothbrushes
  • Early dental film (1912)
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Dental Detectives Discover Teeth and Eating

Services for KS2 NC Science 'Teeth and Eating' topic.
Whole day workshops at the museum, outreach visits to London schools, loans boxes and teachers' packs sent nationwide. The sessions and teachers' packs take a cross-curriular approach and can be tailored to a variety of historical eras. "This was an excellent well organised day. The activities were hands-on, well paced and kept all the children engaged." For further information see Free services.


  • Melanie Parker, Education Officer

Health Histories

'Health Histories' contains resources about 20th century medicine in Britain, aimed at teachers of Year 9. It focuses on dentistry and pharmacy and is a joint resource with the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. It includes oral history interviews and copies of original materials such as adverts, speeches and images of objects. For further information see
"These new resources are really excellent! Offering the sources as ‘stand alone’ PDFs is inspired as many teachers will want to create some form of enquiry and investigation work of their own.” Free resource.


  • Melanie Parker

People Who Help Us

Loans boxes and teachers' packs designed to support the Foundation topic 'People Who Help Us' focusing on dentists and dental care. Includes games, jigsaws, books, dressing up clothes, powerpoint of a visit to the dentist and activity suggestions. For further information please see The boxes and teachers' packs can be sent nationwide. Free service.


  • Melanie Parker

British Dental Association Museum
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street
Greater London




Education Officer

020 7563 4549

020 7535 5860


020 7935 6492

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