he Wellcome Collection in London stands out against other institutions particularly because its rare approach in displaying a vast collection of medical history, current scientific research and art that expands from 1100 BCE to our day.
Founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, a 19th-century pharmacist, entrepreneur and collector, the Wellcome Collection encompasses contemporary and historic exhibitions, the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Images.
Sir Henry Wellcome had a passion for collecting medically related artefacts, aiming to create a Museum of Man. He bought very widely anything related to medicine, including Napoleon’s toothbrush, currently on display at the Wellcome Collection. By the time of his death there were 125,000 medical objects in the collection, of over one million total.
The Wellcome Collection’s website is also a fantastic resource where the reader can browse through videos, images and articles on topics such as the mind and body, sickness and health, and science and art.
The Science&Art page reads;
The Wellcome Collection has housed intriguing exhibitions including “Brains: The mind as matter”, “Sleeping and Dreaming”, and “War and Medicine”.
The current exhibition on view from 19 July to 16 October 2012 is “Superhuman”, an exhibition exploring human enhancement.
The Collection is open Tuesday through Sunday at 183 Euston Road, London.