Small skeletons and a massive giant

Heard about Hunterian Museum? If not you better go there before 20 May, because the museum will lock down after that date and it wont open until 2020.  The Hunterian Museum is a part of the The Royal College of Surgeons so now you got a clue about the exhibition. It’s all about surgery, anatomy, skeletons and natural history and the collection shows items from the 17th century to the present day.

It is a fascinating place from the moment you walk into the door till you leave. The museum is in the British surgeons organisation and surgeons with or whit out their doctor coats are walking around in the building reminding you what it’s all about. The atmosphere is solemn – I mean: you dont want to laugh when you look at a skeleton from at seven month fetus! It’s so tiny and so perfect. A little morbid to look at but fascinating.

In the entirely different department you can see the skeleton of the Irish giant Charles Byrne (1761-1783). He was huge! 2,31 m. Like a basket ball player from NBA plus some centimeters… Byrne suffered from pituitary giantism and died in a very early age. Somehow the surgeon John Hunter got hold of his body and  prepared it as a skeleton. Not for the fun of it. Hunter was a surgeon and the museum was named Hunterian after him.

The Hunterian Museum is open tuesday-saturday from 10 to 5 pm. Admission is free.

Link: The Hunterian Museum

Address: Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Tube: Holborn Station.

Photo: StoneColdCrazy at English Wikipedia GFDL

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