The Hunterian Museum is one of the most unusual museums you could ever be to. It doesn’t have a collection of paintings, mosaics or vases, rather a collection from a pioneering surgeon in 1793. When you get in there, it has tons of jars with preserved creatures and body parts; surgical instruments and wax teaching models.
I would suggest you not to visit this place, unless you some deep interest in medicine or anatomy. For those fanatics who love to see human and animal specimens pickled in a jar, Hunterian museum has some fantastic collection. One of the visitor reviews Hunterian Museum on the TripAdvisor as “Yucky, but fascinating”. And I must say, this sums up everything about this place.
Just having a basic understanding of biology in my GCSEs, still, it appealed to my senses for some strange reasons. In fact, I guess it was an epiphanous moment. Other reviews about the place include “Gruesome but good”, “Unusual, but nice”, etc.
So check out these 5 wonders if you are visiting Hunterian Museum.
The Evelyn tables (early 1640s)
These tables are one of the oldest anatomical preparation in Europe, apparently. John Evelyn, a writer, was the first owner of these displays. After that, these pine tables changed quite a lot hands. Evelyn wanted to have them as souvenir. Perhaps an odd taste. After Evelyn, they were donated to the Royal Society before finally resting in peace at the Hunterian Museum of Royal College of Surgeons.
The silver prosthetic nose (1850s)
In mid 1800, a woman lost her nose to syphilis. So a prosthetic nose was prepared to restore her looks. When she remarried, the prosthetic was returned the doctor, claiming that her husband likes her without it.
Sheep-gut condom (late 1800)
Do you know that these condoms were made from Sheep intestines and were believed to prevent venereal diseases. This 18th-century condoms were washable and reusable. Do check out this condom.
Cockerel head with human tooth implant (1760-93)
What do you like to do with your free time. Play scrabble or watch TV? Well, that’s not what Dr. Hunter used to do, or could do. He would rather implant human teeth onto the cockerel head. Amazingly, the experiment was successful. The vascular tissue from the head grew into the pulp cavity of the implanted tooth. It’s scary, at least to me, and the reason for such experiment is still unknown.
Mummy’s foot (1763)
If you want to learn about the ingenuity of the Ancient Egyptians, do check out this dissected, bandaged, and embalmed foot. The foot has gone through a test of time, apparently, it looks like so. You might think that this isn’t much, but getting up close with it will only tell how impressive (and scary) it is.