Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities as well as publications, tours, a book prize, international and digital projects. Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.
We host around five to six temporary exhibitions each year, with topics ranging from forensic medicine, Tibetan Buddhism, the brain and the study of sex, to consciousness, dirt and outsider art. Our permanent galleries look at the historical and contemporary contexts of our relationship with medicine. Medicine Now showcases the responses of contemporary artists to current medical practices, whilst Medicine Man displays some of Henry Wellcome’s obsessive medical collection from across times and cultures, shedding light on the curios and ideas of the past.
Every year we curate a diverse and vibrant temporary exhibition programme and we now offer a selection of these exhibitions to tour. We are also interested in talking to other possible partners about collaborative projects and resource sharing.
Part of Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Library has more than 750,000 books and journals and an extensive range of manuscripts, archives and films. The Library also includes Wellcome Images, a major visual collection. Through its collections and services, the Wellcome Library provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. More than 30,000 readers visit each year, including historians, academics, students, health professionals and members of the general public.
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