Museum and archive

Discover the Royal College of Physicians' (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.

Our exhibitions

Our current exhibition – Ceaseless motion: William Harvey's experiments in circulation – explores the life, work and legacy of revolutionary anatomist William Harvey – the physician who revealed the secrets of circulation.

Donate to our collections

We are seeking to develop our collections and welcome all types of donations related to the history of medicine.

Find out what you can donate

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.

Opening times

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

Thursday lates

On the first Thursday of the month (except August) we are open until 8pm.

Planned closures

Please note that we are closed from 30 July to 31 August (including the Library Reading Room), reopening 3 September, and on the following days:

  • 17 July
  • 25 July
  • 26 September
  • 3 October
  • 17 October.

For all museum information and enquiries, please phone +44 (0)20 3075 1510 or email history@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. 

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

Public programme

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.