If you have a morbid fascination, natural curiosity or interest in medicine block out plenty of time to visit The Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons.
The Hunterian Museum collections have been brought together over four centuries by a cast of colourful characters including the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793). They are a fascinating mix of human and animal anatomy and pathology specimens, wax teaching models, surgical and dental instruments as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Among the oddities on display:
Elephant spinal chord Tiger brain Salamander heart Virginian horned owl jaw Larva of a tussock moth Skate’s oviducts Crocodile trachea Extracted varicose veins Human foot afflicted with elephantiasis The 7’7″ skeleton of one Charles Byrne Skull of a 25 year-old man with hydrocephalus Painting of a girl with piebaldism