Opened in 1879 by The Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VII), the Pathology Museum is a vast space made up of 3 mezzanine levels each around 8 metres high, all linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. It contains some 5000 anatomical specimens, including forensic and historical examples, as well as some corresponding archive information. Housed within the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital at West Smithfield, it has become a popular venue for unique evening events that promise a fascinating insight into a wide range of subjects. Recent events focused on Sherlock Holmes, the unsolved murder of The Black Dahlia, Tattoos as a memento-mori and The Death of Marilyn Monroe. There is a regular taxidermy class and organ potting workshop in the museum too.
The museum is in use by students of Queen Mary University (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) so is only open during our many interesting events and seminars out of hours
Most events incur a very small charge which includes refreshments such as wine and light snacks (booking is required.) The museum is not funded any other way.
Nearest Tubes are Barbican, Farringdon, and St Pauls
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Facilities and services
There is a lift from the Robin Brook Centre ground floor to the 3rd floor (accessible through the 'Outpatients' entrance) but the museum itself is accessible only by a very small staircase of 7 steps
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