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Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum is one of the oldest operating theatres still in existence. This ancient 18th century piece of medical history can be found in the attic of the old St Thomas’ hospital. The operating theatre features the gallery seats where fellow medical students would come to witness surgeries taking place at a time before antiseptics and anaesthetics. It goes without saying that pain was common place during these procedures, as were the infections and many deaths that followed.

Above the operating theatre rests the Herb Garret with all its original timber glory still intact. This is where the herbs used for the patient’s medicines were dried and cured, which was in place before the inclusion of the operating theatre below. For a slightly dark and strange slice of London history, this is a great place to start.

9a St Thomas Street

Tel: 020 7188 2679
Opening Times: Open daily, 10:30am-5pm
Adult : £6.20
Child : £3.50
Senior Citizen: £5.00
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