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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.

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The museum is open daily from 10:30 am 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

Every Saturday 2:00pm

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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The Museum is located in central London, in the historic Borough of Southwark, on 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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@drlindseyfitzharris was in the house yesterday filming an interview about her forthcoming book #thebutcheringart. Out Oct 17! The UK official book launch will be at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret! So exciting!  #bookstagram #bookphotography #booklover #ilovebooks #instabook #booknerdigans #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bookish #booksofinstagram #bookaddict #HypeBeast #vscoportrait #ig_mood #discoverportrait #portraitphotography #profile_vision #bleachmyfilm #postmoreportraits #portraitpage #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #londoncalling  #focalmarked #oldoperatingtheatremuseum #oldoperatingtheatre
Thank you to everyone who visited us today for #OpenHouse2017. We enjoyed meeting you all and sharing stories from the Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret. 
From today's Old Op team (Paolo, Julie, Monica, Sarah and Alice).
And that is the end of another fantastic #OpenHouse2017. Thank you to everyone who visited and many apologies to those who couldn't get in. 
We're open everyday 10.30-5pm.

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