Gordon Museum

March 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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After my recent excursion to the Hunterian Museum I was advised that I should check out the Gordon Museum. It’s located at the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals, University London near London Bridge. The Gordon is a hospital museum spread out over two floors and four rooms each with about half a dozen rows along the edge and brimming with specimen jars of human anatomy.

Most of the specimens have been included due to an abnormality such as an enlarged kidney or heart as a result of disease etc. There are other items like the specimens highlighting the extensive paths in the lungs.

Each specimen has a number that can be looked up in one of the adjacent folders, it will have a brief summary of the item (as well as the problem with it) and how it came into the collection. The man who cut off his own penis after a moment of religious zealousness was just a tad squeamish!

One of the rooms deals with forensics and I’m sure is incredibly interesting but unfortunately it was closed when we visited.

The Gordon Museum is a private museum and you’ll generally need to be a student (or be friends with one) in order to access it. Please check their website to see what your options are.

If you have an interest in medicine and liked the specimens at the Hunterian then you’ll find the Gordon just as compelling.

Lastly and most importantly a big thank you to “Miss S”  for getting me into the Gordon Museum – well worth it!

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