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Free entry - booking recommended

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Surgery and Anatomy gallery in the Hunterian Museum

Art & Design

From the 1500s, with the increased acceptance of human dissection, anatomy became more accurate and scientific. Anatomists and surgeons collaborated with artists to produce atlases of the human body in vivid detail.

The displays in the Museum contains fine art objects including paintings, busts, drawings, surgical instruments and equipment, 3D anatomy images and anatomical preparations.

Suitable for

  • GCSE 
  • A-levels

Areas of study include

  • Anatomical, natural history and scientific drawings
  • Anatomical specimens of human, animal and plant tissue
  • Prints
  • Digital books
  • Paintings (portraiture, caricature, animals and nature)
  • Busts
  • Videos
  • Ceramics
  • AV tables of anatomical bodies, videos, drawings
  • Wax models
  • Skeletons and bones
  • 3D models
  • Fossils
  • Microscopic slides
  • Furniture
  • Silverware
  • Surgical instruments and equipment 
  • Teeth

Hunterian Museum Entrance

Evelyn Tables, Surgery and Anatomy Gallery

The Dissecting Room by Thomas Rowlandson, Making of a Surgeon Gallery

Leicester Square and Long Gallery

Modern Surgery Gallery

Surgery and Anatomy Gallery

RCSEng and John Hunter collections can be found at ART UK

To explore the collection