Bath Medical Museum
Bath is the great city it is today because of its medical past. If legends are to be believed, Bath was founded around 860 BC when Prince Bladud, who had been barred from the royal court because of his leprosy, was cured by the thermal waters.
From the 1700s onwards, Bath did not just have great medical facilities, but rather the entire city was a medical hub; local hospitals worked together with the spa to treat patients. From 1742, a major part of this network was the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), formally known as the Royal Mineral Water Hospital.
Originally opened in the RNHRD and now an independent charity based in Great Pulteney Street, Bath Medical Museum is a true museum without walls. You can see many objects from its collections on display in various other museums and art galleries around the city of Bath, as well as at the RNHRD & Brownsword Therapies Centre. If you would like a more unique and personal experience of Bath Medical Museum, why not visit its home in Great Pulteney Street where you can see themed displays dedicated to medical history?
With some of its most unique and prized objects from the museum's collections on permanent display, as well as regularly changing exhibitions, Bath Medical Museum's Great Pulteney Street exhibits are not to be missed.