A red squirrel cleaning its teeth with Binaca tooth cream.
A red squirrel cleaning its teeth with Binaca tooth-cream, Niklaus Stoeckler. © Wellcome Collection. CC BY.
Free admission Coming soon

Teeth

All human life is reflected in a toothy grin. Our upcoming exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and with the profession that has shaped the way we live with them - or without them.

Following modern history's tireless pursuit of the pain-free mouth and the perfect smile, this is the first exhibition to look at how dentistry evolved from fairground entertainment to highly-skilled profession with many associated educational campaigns and spin-off industries.

Including beautifully illustrated treatises dating back to the early 18th century, Teeth will draw on the wealth of images, objects and artworks held in the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, supplemented by loans from key collections in Northern Europe. It will explore oral hygiene and dentistry as markers of medical progress, and vividly illustrate the enduring connections between 'good' teeth, beauty, vanity, wealth and success.


Galleries
Day Times
Monday Galleries closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Library
Day Times
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday Library closed
Restaurant
Day Times
Monday Restaurant closed
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Café
Day Times
Monday 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00
Thursday 08:30 - 22:00
Friday 08:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Sunday 10:30 - 18:00
Shop
Day Times
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 22:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Access information

This exhibition is on level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery