Museum

Discover the Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park - England's oldest medical College.

Our museum collections have been gathered over five centuries since our foundation by Royal Charter of Henry VIII in 1518.

William Harvey (1578-1657) discoverer of the circulation of blood, donated his own library and collections to the College in 1656 creating the Musaeum Harveianum – the earliest named ‘museum’ in England.

    Current exhibition

    'A cabinet of rarities': the curious collections of Sir Thomas Browne will explore RCP physician, philosopher, collector, and polymath Thomas Browne’s curious approach to the world through his writing and his collection.

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    Museum blog

    Find out more about what's going on at the museum in our weekly blog.

    Opening times

    The RCP's museum and gardens are open to the public Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. We are not open at the weekend.

    Please be advised of the following days when we will be closed to the public

    • 10 April 2017 
    • 11 April 2017
    • 30 May 2017
    • 6 July 2017 
    • 19 July 2017
    • 25 July 2017
    • 12 September 2017 
    • 27 September 2017 
    • 3 October 2017
    • 8 November 2017
    • 25 December 2017
    • 26 December 2017

    For all museum information and enquiries, please phone +44 (0)20 3075 1539 or email enquiries@rcplondon.ac.uk.

    Guided tours

    Take a guided tour of the Royal College of Physicians and discover 500 years of history, art and medicine, our acclaimed Grade I listed building, and our medicinal garden. To find out more about our tours, arrange any access requirements, and to send feedback on your museum visit, please email history@rcplondon.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 3075 1543