The Hunterian Museum

If you happen to be in London I can strongly recommend The Hunterian Museum. Located at 35-43 Lincolns Inn Fields, at the home of the Royal College of Surgeons, it houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK. The items were originally assembled by the surgeon and anatomist, John Hunter. Exhibits include a collection of surgical instruments dating from the seventeenth century,  a silver prosthetic nose attached to a pair of glasses, Winston Churchill’s dentures and the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne. The latter, for which Hunter paid £500, is controversial, as Byrne, who died in 1793, had wished to be buried at sea. Entrance is free, but it’s not for the squeamish.


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