Museum

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.

Opening times

The RCP museum and gardens are open to the public Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. We are not open at the weekend or on Bank Holidays. 

Current exhibition

From 2 April until 21 September 2019, Catch your breath reflects on the ways people experience breath and breathlessness and how doctors have diagnosed and treated the diseases which cause the symptom.

Forthcoming exhibition 

Opening 10 October 2019, 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.

Museum lates

On the first Thursday of the month we are open until 8pm. 

Planned closure days

Please note that the museum and exhibition will be closed on the following days in 2019:

  • 24 September 
  • 12 November

The RCP is closed on public bank holidays.

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.

Visiting

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.

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