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The Anatomy Collection

The Wellcome Museum is now closed until Summer 2020. Wellcome Museum's anatomy collection consists over 1,000 specimens preserved to demonstrate human anatomy. More than 500 of these are on permanent display in the museum. The specimens consist of preserved prosections (e.g. cadaveric parts dissected to demonstrate certain anatomic structures), articulated and disarticulated bones, and resin casts demonstrating the vascular, respiratory, urinary and biliary systems:

  • cranial cavity and brain
  • head and neck
  • thorax and thoracic viscera
  • abdominal wall and viscera
  • spinal cord and vertebral column
  • upper limb
  • lower limb

anatomy specimens

Image descriptions: corrosion cast of brain (top right); plastinated cast of heart (bottom left); corrosion cast of lungs (bottom middle); scapula showing landmarks and muscle attachments (bottom right)

We are unable to include many photographs of the collections on this website in order to respect the donors' wishes and anonymity. All photos on the website show only specimens that are more than 100 years old and therefore not covered by the HTA, or do not contain human tissue, i.e. corrosion casts.

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