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. 

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.

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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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