Being Human

  • Permanent exhibition
Photograph of an exhibition gallery space, with a blue stained wood wall in the background, in front of which a young man looks at a life-size artwork of a figure resembling an astronaut. In the foreground a young woman sits on a wooden bench holding an audio speaker to her ear.
Being Human gallery, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

At every turn the visitor will find something to fascinate.

The Times

Our new permanent gallery explores trust, identity and health in a changing world.

Being Human explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. It reflects our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge, and our changing relationships with ourselves, each other and the world.

Featuring 50 artworks and objects, the gallery is divided into four sections: Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection, and Environmental Breakdown. Discover a refugee astronaut carrying their belongings to an unknown destination, sniff a perfumed bronze sculpture that smells of breast milk, listen to an epidemic jukebox, and watch a fast-food outlet slowly flood.

Audio Description

We have recorded audio descriptions of every exhibit, plus a highlights tour of 11 stops with optional directions in between. These audio tracks are available on the VocalEyes website.

Visual story

This visual story will explain how to get to Being Human, and what to expect when you're here.

Visit us

Free admission

Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times

Being Human gallery, level 1

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

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

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