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Barts Pathology Museum
Barts Pathology Museum

Barts Pathology Museum is based in St Bartholomews Hospital at West Smithfield and houses over 5,000 medical specimens on display over 3 mezzanine levels of the Victorian museum.

Prior to the appointment of the current Technical Curator, Barts Pathology Museum was in a state of disarray. As medical teaching changed, the need for the study of anatomy and pathology pots declined.

Without funding the specimens and the infrastructure of the building suffered and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that a donation was secured to renovate the collection. Grant funding was provided by The Medical College of Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Trust, a registered charity that promotes and advances medical and dental education and research at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Events were originally scheduled for after the completion of this project but the museum has opened slightly earlier than expected due to its physical arrangement. The conservation and cataloguing still continue.

Hours

The museum is not open daily but only for special events.

Location

3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre
St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

Finding us

The best way to enter the hospital grounds is by the main Henry VIII Gate on West Smithfield. Enter through the gate and turn to your right.  Continue via the open doorway which says Minor Injuries/Outpatients and the lift and stairs are on your right. Go to the third floor.

How to find the Pathology Museum [PDF 576 KB]

Disability access 

During our special events, the museum can be accessed via a lift which takes you to the third floor. However, there are still 7 steps which lead into the museum so it is not ideal for disabled access. We are working on that at the moment so please bear with us.

Parking

The courtyard surrounding the hospital is hospital parking and not controlled by Queen Mary University of London. The traffic gates are locked at 9:30pm so don't risk parking if you're attending an evening seminar. There is an NCP car park outside the hospital which can be seen on the above map and has reasonable charges.

Public transport

The closest tube stations are Barbican, Farringdon and St Paul’s.

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