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The Old Operating Theatre Museum is one of the most unusual museums in London. The Operating Theatre is the oldest in Europe and found in a unique space in the Herb Garret of St Thomas Church, and was part of old St Thomas Hospital.

Pathology Trail at Museum

Museum Virtual Tour!

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Whats On at the Museum

Museum Report - The Latest Trustees' Report

The Old Operating Theatre Museum is listed as:

 101 things to do in London

Museum Video - "Medicine at the Movies" project awarded a commendation in the category "Digital Access on Site" at the Jodi Awards


What They Said About us - 'Highlight of my trip to London' Tripadvisor. 'Best Museum Entrance we have ever seen!'

'Coolest Thing I ever Stumbled upon!'

London in your lunchbreak - Daily Telegraph article

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The competition to win a copy of 'BELOVED POISON' is now closed!

The winners will be announced soon!



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image of the Old Operating Theatre Museum
image of St Thomas Street
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Image of the Herb Garret


Ante Chamber Tour

The Herb Tour


Museum Lease

The Museum has signed a 120 year lease, securing the long-term future of the Museum for the first time!

Museum Report

The Trustees' Report for 2012

50th Anniversary

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Museum on 27th October 1962. Click here for information

Patient's Story

The Unknown Case

of Benjamin Gidliffe

by I. K. Serumaga

Arts Engagement

Exhibitions and talks

Annual Accounts


Other Videos

Medical London Series

Museum Movie

wins Jodl award

News from the Museum

Museum Newsletter etc.

Reports and Policies

Recent Museum reports and policy documents

What They Said About us

Reviews and comment

Literary Quotes

Poem by Thomas Lynch

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Pdfs of museum


The Shard

Slide Show


Photos of the

Church restoration

Museum Video - project awarded a commendation in the category "Digital Access on Site" at the Jodi Awards

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