Galleries & Museums, Landmarks & Historical Sites

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

Housed in the attic of the early 18th century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery.

The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.

Access to the attic is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase.


Monday 14.00-16.45
Tuesday – Sunday 10.30-16.45
Museum closes at 17.00.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.


Adult: £6.5

Access Information

Please check website for details.

Phone Number

020 7188 2679

Posted on April 03 2019

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