39: Scare yourself at the Hunterian Museum

The thousands of specimens of the small Hunterian museum – a.k.a. the Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, located in the Royal College of Surgeons on Lincoln’s Inn Fields – can be mind-boggling, scary or disgusting – but certainly not boring. They include the skeleton of an Irish giant (exhibited against his dying wish); photos of the first surgical procedures; animals, foetuses and human body parts preserved in orderly jars. More disturbing, perhaps, the examples of what a hernia, heart disease, genetic mutations or cancer look like, among many other inflictions. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

Hunterian museum

Nearest Tube Station: Holborn


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