WilkinsonEyre transforms the Science Museum to create the world’s largest medical galleries

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, WilkinsonEyre's  latest gallery transformation for the Science Museum is complete.  This new suite of galleries, designed by WilkinsonEyre in close collaboration with the museum’s curatorial team, has transformed the first floor of the Science Museum in London, to create the largest space dedicated to medical artefacts in the world.  The new galleries contain more than 3,000 objects selected from the globally significant medical collections of the Science Museum Group and the Wellcome Trust. 

Specific design responses include display cases, AV displays, wall and floor treatments, lighting, and the arrangement of the objects themselves in collaboration with the curators.  The interpretative and environmental graphics for the galleries were designed by graphic designers Holmes Wood who collaborated closely with WilkinsonEyre from the outset to create an integrated and seamless design that tells the story of the history of medicine through highly crafted text, imagery and installations.

The skillful juxtaposition of fascinating objects and thought-provoking narrative is guaranteed to attract new audiences to the museum, and the opening of the galleries represents the culmination of Phase I of the museum’s Masterplan that since 2014 has seen more than 6,500m² of new permanent gallery space opened within the museum.