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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road
Visitor Info

Free admission

Galleries are open 10.00-18.00 Tuesday - Sunday. Galleries closed on Mondays.

We have special late opening hours every Thursday until 22.00, and every first Friday of the month.

Please see our website for our full opening times and to see what's on.


Wellcome Collection is the free destination for the incurably curious, where you can enjoy exhibitions, events, the world-famous Wellcome Library and a wonderful shop, cafe and restaurant.

Consider what it means to be human through an intriguing mix of art, science, medicine and ideas.

Join us for our next event or just pop in!


Established under Sir Henry Wellcome’s will in 1936 the Wellcome Trust was set up as a global charitable foundation, aiming to improve health for everyone through supporting\sgreat ideas to thrive. Politically and financially independent, Wellcome supports scientists and researchers to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome was a pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropies and collector who during the course of his lifetime established world-class medical research laboratories and amassed the world' s most impressive collections relating to medicine and health through the ages. Wellcome Collection is now housed in the original Wellcome Building (built to Sir Henry's specifications in 1932), which is next door to the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust, his philanthropic legacy. His vision was to create a space to house his collections, where professionals could come to learn more about the development of medicine and medical science.

The Wellcome Library sees more than 30,000 visitors per year. With over 750,000 books, journals, manuscripts, archives and films it’s a common spot for historians, academics, students and health professionals, but is also open to members of the general public. Through its collections and services it provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. The Library also includes Wellcome Images, a major visual collection.