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  • The Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum

🎫 General admission ticket for 1 person
🎫 Child (under 18) ticket for 1 person
🎫 Concessions (students, 60+, unwaged) ticket for 1 person
🎫 Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 (+£1 on site per additional child)

General Info
🕒 Opening hours: Mondays 2pm-5pm, Tuesdays-Fridays 10:30am-5pm, Saturdays-Sundays 12pm-4pm
📍 Location: The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, in the attic of an 18th century church
❓ Please note: the facilities are restricted due to the special location of the museum. Access is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase

Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of Old St Thomas' Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of Georgian and Victorian medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients' medicines, and in 1822 the space was repurposed to house a new ward and an operating theatre. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Step back in time into one of London's hidden gems!
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