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

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.

Explore online

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. While the museum, library and archive remain closed we are running an exciting programme of digital events and virtual tours throughout 2020, and you can still explore our collections and exhibitions online including:

  • portraits and silver, which are displayed throughout the building
  • medical collections like the Symons collection can be explore through our online catalogue
  • an extraordinary set of 17th-century human remains - John Finch's anatomical tables give a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • award-winning exhibitions and events that 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.

Current exhibition - now available online

RCP Unseen: The history of medicine as you've never seen it before . RCP Unseen reveals hidden and rarely seen items from the archives, library and museum collections of the Royal College of Physicians. Discover how our historical objects are being used by scientists and researchers today to learn more about disease and medical practice. Learn how a 500-year-old collection continues to grow today, and discover some of the surprising items that you would never expect a physician to own!

You can now view the exhibition online.

 

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

Guided tours

Live virtual guided tours are now available to book. Explore 500 years of the RCP’s past, key developments in medical history and award-winning architecture through our brand new virtual building tours.

The tours will be guided live by an expert from the RCP archive, library or museum team. Using a virtual walkthrough of the Regent’s Park building, plus beautiful images and videos from our collections, we’d love you to join us for an online tour of our historic home while we can’t be there in person.

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.

While our library, archive and museum remain closed our events program has gone digital.

Find out what's on

RCP and COVID-19

Click here for more information on how the RCP is responding to the coronavirus outbreak to protect its members, staff and public. 

When we reopen

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.