Discover Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre.

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The Surgical Theatre

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. 

Opening Times

We are open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am until 5pm, last entry at 4.15pm, with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals.

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Gift Vouchers

an ideal gift

Treat your friends, family or yourself to a visit to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you will receive an email with a download button for you to retrieve the gift voucher. Just print this off or forward to the lucky recipient. All the information to redeem their super gift will be on the gift voucher.

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at our *new* online Old Op Apothecary Shop

We are re-building our online shop to match our new Old Op Apothecary Shop in the Museum. We will be releasing a new range of products online every week, from the end of September until mid December 2021. Check back often and make sure to follow our Meet the Makers campaign on social media so you don’t miss out on all of our exciting new products!

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.

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