Medicine Man:
The forgotten museum
of Henry Wellcome

26 June – 16 November 2003

This exhibition is now closed

Room 5

A Wellcome Trust exhibition at the British Museum.

Henry Wellcome, the great entrepreneur and philanthropist, also built up the world's largest collection of medical exhibits. By his death in 1936, he had amassed an extraordinary collection of over one million objects related to medical history, ranging from diagnostic dolls and Japanese sex aids to African masks and amputation saws, from amulets and ancient manuscripts to Napoleon's toothbrush and George III's hair.

This exhibition brings together the treasures of this vast collection and explores the history of our bodies, in sickness and in health.

prosthetic arm

Prosthetic arm © Wellcome Library, London.