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Discover Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre.

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Welcome to the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas' Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients' medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Access to the attic is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase. 

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The museum is open Tues-Sun from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

*From 31 July, 2018, we open Mondays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

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Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street
London SE1 9RY

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Victorian Surgery Talk

Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at Noon

Presented in the original 1822 operating theatre of St Thomas' Hospital, observe from the same position as a medical student at the time a mock demonstration of surgery before anaesthetics. Operations were limited and had to be quick, and without hand-washing and basic hygiene, the chance of later infection and death was high.

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After Hours Victorian Surgery Demonstration

Special Event | 20 September, 2018, 7:00 PM

​This is a unique after hours event that will take you back in time to witness a mock Victorian surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital dated to 1822.


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The Museum is located in central London, in the historic Borough of Southwark along the same street as the Shard, just south of London Bridge.

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The Museum is a great place for a reception or book launch. It is very atmospheric, which makes it a very special place.

“An amazing treasure trove of Victorian Surgery” Pete M Visitor From Cumbria
“This is a quirky and fascinating museum. Hiding in the shadow of The Shard, it is a true moment for reflection and understanding” Petra S Visitor From Somerset
“Friendly staff, wonderfully thought out, fascinating and unique. We should all visit and support this brilliant little museum” Laura N Visitor From London

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