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Discover the RCP's 500-year-old collection of artifacts and artwork at our Regent's Park HQ.

Explore

Located in the RCP' s Grade I-listed 'modernist masterpiece', our museum collections have been gathered over 5 centuries since our foundation by Royal Charter of Henry VIII in 1518. At our Regent's Park home you can explore:  

  • portraits and silver, which are displayed throughout the building
  • medical collections on display include the Symons collection, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jar and the Prujean chest of surgical instruments
  • an extraordinary set of 17th-century human remains - John Finch's anatomical tables give a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • award-winning exhibitions and events highlight treasures from the historical collections.
Leonard Sowerby, The Ladies Dispensatory (1652), and an apothecary jar c. 18th century. Photography by John Chase, copyright Royal College of Physicians.

Museum closed until further notice

Our library, archive and museum will remain closed for the time being while we work on a safe reopening plan and the RCP continue to support clinical efforts against Covid-19.

We are running an exciting programme of digital events throughout 2020, and you can still explore our collections and exhibitions online. 

RCP and COVID-19 preparations

For more on how the RCP is responding to the coronavirus outbreak to protect its members, staff and public, see  https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/rcp-and-covid-19

Planned closure days

Please note that the museum and exhibition will be closed on the following days in 2020:

  • 7 January
  • 8 April 
  • 26 May
  • 5 June
  • 1 July
  • 21 July
  • 28 July
  • 23 September
  • 29 October
  • 16 December

Please note that as a conference venue, some rooms may be unavailable to view on your visit. Please contact us in advance if you are travelling far to see a particular room or item in the collection. For all museum information and enquiries, please phone +44 (0)20 3075 1510 or email history@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Museum location, accessibility and journey planning information (including transport accessibility) is available on the RCP visiting page. If you would rather discuss visiting arrangements with staff at the RCP please contact us via email at reception@rcplondon.ac.uk, or by telephone on +44 (0)20 3075 1363.

 

Current exhibition - now available online

Under the skin - Anatomy, art and identity brings together historical collections with work by contemporary artists that examine the shapes, structures and textures of the organs and tissues that are hidden beneath our skin. Representing the human body is also a question of power. Anatomical illustrations attempt to communicate objective truths about the body, but they also expose questions around identity and consent. In this exhibition, contemporary artworks in a range of media from glass to ceramic, performance to sculpture are displayed alongside historical books and drawings providing a current perspective and offer personal and emotional reflections on medical representations of the human body.

You can now view the exhibiton online. 

A life drawing class held at the RCP museum in London.

Guided tours

Take a guided tour of the RCP and discover 500 years of history, art and medicine, our acclaimed Grade I listed building, and our medicinal garden. 

Public events

We run a series of public events at the museum for all ages including exhibition openings, talks, lectures and workshops throughout the year inspired by the RCP museum collections, history and architecture. Find out what's on

Digital RCP Museum lates

While our library, archive and museum remain closed our RCP Museum lates have gone digital.

The online events will feature expert speakers exploring our collections and our exhibition ‘Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity’.

Find out more