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.
We are OPEN
We are open every Friday and Saturday, from 10.30am until 5pm, last entry at 4.15pm, with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals.
Please book tickets in advance.
Collecting Covid-19: In Conversation with Natasha McEnroe
30th September 2021
£5 Virtual Event Join us on Thursday, 30 September, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm…
Surgery and the Victorian Operating Theatre
28th October 2021
£5 Virtual Event Join us from the comfort of your home while our team takes you…
Anaesthesia: Myth, Magic, and Reality
5th November 2021
£12 ‘Will I wake up during my operation?’ ‘Will I wake up after my operation?’…
Ordinary: A play based on the true story of the…
12th November 2021 — 13th November 2021
£15 The extraordinary story of an ordinary woman is brought to life at The Old…
A Curious History of Sex: In Conversation with Kate Lister
25th November 2021
£5 Virtual Event Join us on Thursday, 25 November, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm…
4th December 2021
£20 Blithe Spirit meets Woman in Black in the weirdest mind-reading act ever presented before…
at our exciting online shop and support the Museum
Our online shop is always open.
We are delighted the announce that our shop was Highly Commended at the 2020 Museum + Heritage Awards. All income from shop sales is invested back into the upkeep of this historic space, its collection and exciting programming. Thank you for your support.
Mr Travers Augmented Reality Experience
Posted: July 23, 2021
Are you ready to step into the shoes of a 19th Century medical student? We’re…
Summer Holiday fun and safety 2021
Posted: July 23, 2021
It’s the summer holidays and we can’t wait to welcome you to Europe’s oldest surgical…
Message in a Bottle: Visions from Covid-19 Lockdowns Exhibition
Posted: April 30, 2021
The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret in London is going to celebrate its…
The countdown to our reopening begins!
Posted: April 23, 2021
It’s official, subject to safely reaching Step 3 in the Government’s Covid-19 plans, we will…
The Old Op receives much-needed funding
Posted: April 2, 2021
The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret is to receive £32,255 from the second…
Our 2021 Events Programme is Live
Posted: April 1, 2021
We are delighted to today announce that our 2021 Events Programme goes live and will…
Posted: February 17, 2021
The Old Op Needs You! FAMILY FOCUS GROUP (on Zoom) We need your help in…