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This is the Museum's old web site. For the new web site go to: http://oldoperatingtheatre.com




The museum will temporarily close for refurbishment on March 18, 2017, and it will not re-open until July, 2017. In preparation for the closure we will also be closed for one day on Monday, 27 February, 2017. If you have already booked a group talk, it will take place as scheduled.

For more information you can contact us at info@oldoperatingtheatre.com or at 02071882679. Remember to follow us on social media for progress reports.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret Team

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This is the Museum's old web site. For the new web site go to: http://oldoperatingtheatre.com


The Tower of St Thomas Church



The Oldest Operating Theatre In Britain

in the unique timber framed Herb Garret German Guide Spanish Guide

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.

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

Pathology Trail at Museum

Museum Virtual Tour!

Watch our promotional video

Cut! Exhibition archive original animations and music

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

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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Watch our Promotional video


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image of St Thomas Street
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Ante Chamber Tour

The Herb Tour


Cut! Exhibition

3rd to 23rd November

40 Animations with original sound tracks inspired by the Museum

Museum Report

The Trustees' Report for 2013

Annual Accounts for last final year

What They Said About us

Reviews and comment


Patient's Story

The Unknown Case

of Benjamin Gidliffe

by I. K. Serumaga

Arts Engagement

Exhibitions and talks

Museum Lease

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

50th Anniversary

2012 was the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Museum on 27th October 1962. Click here for information

Museum Movie

wins Jodl award

Other Videos

Medical London Series

News from the Museum

Museum Newsletter etc.

Reports and Policies

Recent Museum reports and policy documents


Photos of the

Church restoration

Literary Quotes

Poem by Thomas Lynch

Museum RSS News Feeds

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Visit Our Online Shop

Perfect for unusual gifts!


Pdfs of museum


The Shard

Slide Show

London Burkers

Kirsty Chilton, co-stars in this tale of the Resurrection Men by Entropy Orchard Productions

Cut! Animations


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