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

Visit the museum

We look forward to welcoming you to explore more than 500 years of medical history in our iconic building in the heart of London.

We are open to visitors Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and visiting is free for up to five people at a time. For groups of six+, please get in touch at history@rcp.ac.uk.

The RCP Museum is closed on public bank holidays, the month of August for maintenance and conservation work, and for RCP major events and ceremonies, please check the RCP museum website for details before planning your visit.


Located in the RCP's Grade I-listed 'modernist masterpiece', our museum collections have been gathered over five centuries since our foundation by Royal Charter of Henry VIII in 1518. When visiting look out for our:

  • portraits and silver, which are displayed throughout the building
  • fascinating Symons collection of artefacts which would have been used by physicians and for self-care in the home
  • Prujean chest of 17th century surgical instruments
  • extraordinary set of 17th-century human remains - John Finch's anatomical tables which give a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • current exhibition 'A taste of one's own medicine' explores the ridiculed and the reviled in the satirical print collection at the RCP.
Leonard Sowerby, The Ladies Dispensatory (1652), and an apothecary jar c. 18th century. Photography by John Chase, copyright Royal College of Physicians.

Current exhibition

'A taste of ones own medicine' explores the ridiculed and the reviled in the satirical print collection at the Royal College of Physicians. Explore our exhibition to discover the enduring appeal of satirical images, and how doctors have been ridiculed, reprimanded and maligned for centuries.

Open in person at Royal College of Physicians and online until 2 December 2022, the exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme of events.

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

Guided tours

In-person guided tours and live virtual guided tours or talks are available to book. Explore 500 years of the RCP’s past, key developments in medical history and award-winning architecture at our stunning Regent’s Park home or the comfort of your own living room.

Both in-person and virtual tours will be guided live by an expert from the RCP archive, heritage library or museum team and are available Monday to Friday, running between 10am–5pm.

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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.

We offer a mix of in-person events at our Regent’s Park home, virtual events to enjoy from wherever you are and hybrid events where attendees can take part in-person or online.

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RCP and COVID-19

In the interest of your own and other attendees’ health and safety, we continue to encourage people using our facilities to take a lateral flow test before attending. If the test is positive or you are feeling unwell, please do not to visit or attend an event at the RCP.

Our Operational standards for reopening guidelines will provide you with an overview of the measures we are putting in place to ensure your safety when visiting our venue. In addition, we have been awarded the industry standard ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification. Meaning our venue has been recognised as one that can open safely and follows current government guidance.

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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@rcp.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@rcp.ac.uk, or by telephone on +44 (0)20 3075 1363.