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The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

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It’s well worth climbing the tiny spiral staircase to this 19th century operating theatre in the attic of St Thomas’s Church—you can really imagine gruesome scenes in the horseshoe-shaped theatre. The herb garret is stuffed with interesting and sinister objects, including medical specimens, skeletons, and some truly terrifying operating equipment. The entire space was lost in 1862 when St Thomas’s Hospital moved and the entrances to the theatre were blocked up. In 1956 it was rediscovered by a researcher, and it’s the only 19th century operating theatre to have survived in Europe.
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January 4, 2020
It s located in the Borough of Southwark
October 20, 2019
A step back in time and experience London in the 1800's
January 18, 2019
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret at 9a St Thomas Street is a museum of surgical history and one of the oldest surviving operating theatres.
September 8, 2018
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the attic of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and later on converted into an Operating Theatre in the 19th century
July 3, 2018
it's great for all - especially if you have children. It teaches about how surgical operations were done in the middle ages and is the oldest operating theatre in the world. Definitely see the show if you have children because it's very entertaining. Entry isn't too expensive

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9a St Thomas St
England, SE1 9RY
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