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.
The museum is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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***The Museum will be closed on the 4th of December from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2017***
Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street
London SE1 9RY