The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, London

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Take a trip to a time before anesthetics and antiseptic surgery at The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, home to the oldest remaining operating theater in the UK. Before the construction of the operating theater in 1822, an apothecary probably used the attic space of St. Thomas' Church (part of St. Thomas' Hospital) to store medicinal plants; records refer to it as the "herb garret" and dried opium poppy heads were discovered in the rafters. Take a tour of the restored theater, complete with a gallery of seats where students would observe the operations, and examine a recreation of the apothecary's store. Various displays exhibit antique medical instruments, detailing the grim realities of past surgical practices. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret by using our London trip maker site.
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  • Don’t really bother, really disappointing, we were in and out in 15 minutes. It’s only £6 to get in but even that’s to much. The stairs up are not fit the faint hearted either. Yes it’s the oldest...  more »
  • What a find this was on a wet and windy Sunday morning. The theatre is in the roof of the building and requires a bit of a climb. The talk in the operating Theatre lasts an hour and that time flies...  more »
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  • Great talk about Victorian surgery - you have to be there to have the feel of what it was like which a talk alone cannot convey. Also nice to see some example instruments of the short that were used to perform the operations. Fairly small museum but rich in fascinating history. The staircase is very small and winding so not suitable for anyone who may have problems with lots of stairs. Overall a great place to visit which should take a couple of hours including the talk. Located just by London Bridge station so really easy to get to.
  • Good for younger viewers.. Place could do with a tidy up and all displays could be revamped and have correct details put next to all items as this is very annoying while walking around with so many little items to look at.. Other than that quite informative and Lots to look at.. Plenty to see.. Nice history lesson.. helpful friendly staff.. Lovely Jubbly..

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