Visitors photographing the sacred statue of Easter Island Hoa Hakananai'a.

Room 24

Living and Dying

The Wellcome Trust Gallery

Visiting the gallery

Opening times

Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)

This gallery explores how people everywhere deal with the tough realities of life and death.

These challenges are shared by all, but strategies to deal with them vary from place to place, people to people. 

The central installation by Pharmacopoeia, called Cradle to Grave, looks at an approach to health and wellbeing, describing the medical histories of a typical man and woman in Britain today. 

People throughout the world deal with the tough realities of life in many different ways. The displays in Room 24 explore different approaches to our shared challenges as human beings, focusing on how diverse cultures seek to maintain health and wellbeing.

Accessibility

  • A large print guide is available. 
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Seating is available.
  • Step-free access.
  • View sensory map (opens in new window).

Visit Accessibility at the Museum for more information.