A truly unique space for any event
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.
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CLOSED 23&24 July
We’re sorry to announce that due to Covid-19 rules regarding Self-Isolation, and to ensure the safety of all our visitors, the Museum will be closed this Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July. Ticket holders will receive an email about rebooking their visit. We apologise for the inconvenience cause.
We hope to reopen for the 30th and 31st July.
at our exciting online shop and support the Museum
Our doors may be temporarily closed but our online shop is always open.
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.
of the Museum while we are temporarily closed
Explore the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret from the comfort of your own home with our virtual tour.
as we recover from the Covid-19 closure
As a registered charity (no: 1155078), the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret generates income from museum admissions, education, events, and our museum shop, all of which is invested back into the upkeep of this historic space, its collection and exciting programming. With the advent of Covid-19, the museum has had to temporarily close due to Government regulations.
Help us secure the long-term future of the museum by making a one-off or regular donation. Thank You.