Tourist Attractions

Wellcome Collection, Euston

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about something completely free to do in London but when I had a few hours to kill after spending the night at Clink78 before my train from Euston I decided to take a nose around the Wellcome Collection just a stones throw away.

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Part of the Wellcome Trust founded by Sir Henry Wellcome the museum is described as ‘the free destination for the incurably curious’ while the collections themselves explore ‘ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art’.

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There are two permanent collections; Medicine Man – dedicated to Henry Wellcome’s personal collection and Medicine Now – an intriguing look at aspects of modern medicine which I explored thoroughly during my visit.

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Both are very interesting and provide plenty of information on the exhibits, their creators and the reason behind them.

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Sadly due to Why Music?, an event being held in conjunction with Radio 3, I was unable to access the reading rooms or the exhibition space which has an ever-changing programme of installations. I did however get to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake in the Wellcome Collections cafe while listening to some rather wonderful classical music.

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If you’ve not been before, I’d definitely recommend that you pop by if you’ve time to kill. Galleries are closed on Mondays but open til 6pm every night except Thursday when they stay open even later!

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