Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick are among some unusual historical artefacts set to go on display at a new £30m exhibition space.
Sir Henry Wellcome gathered objects from around the world
The Wellcome Collection in Euston, central London, will showcase a mixture of science, art and history and aims to inspire visitors about medicine.
The collection belonged to Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) who gathered objects from around the world.
More than 900 of these will go on display from summer 2007.
Other items will include Florence Nightingale's slippers and a book cover made from human skin.
The collection explores connections between medicine, life and art
Marc Quinn's sculpture of a woman with HIV and a symbolic representation of the Periodic Table by Keith Wilson will be displayed in a contemporary collection.
The Wellcome Trust's head of public programmes, Dr Ken Arnold, said: "Sir Henry Wellcome was one of the world's greatest collectors - maybe the last great non-art collector.
"Much of his collection has never been seen yet and is a treasure trove of insight into human well-being through the ages."
Trust director Dr Mark Walport said: "Wellcome Collection will be an exciting place in which to explore themes of human well-being, starting with the powerful collections of Sir Henry Wellcome."
The project is funded by the independent biomedical charity, the Wellcome Trust.