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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

Our museum will be reopening from 31 January 2022. We look forward to welcoming you back to explore more than 500 years of medical history in our iconic building in the heart of London. To make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, we’ve made a few changes (see below) and you will need to pre-book a ticket to visit the museum.

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Explore

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 RCP Unseen where we display some of our unseen riches for the very first time. Delve into our collections to discover never-seen-before curiosities, and explore previously hidden stories from the history of medicine and beyond...
Leonard Sowerby, The Ladies Dispensatory (1652), and an apothecary jar c. 18th century. Photography by John Chase, copyright Royal College of Physicians.

Current exhibition

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 view the exhibition online now or visit in person from 31 January 2022 as part of your free, pre-booked visit.

 

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

Guided tours

 

In-person guided tours in 2022 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–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.

In future our events will be a mix of both in-person events at our Regent’s Park home and virtual events to enjoy from wherever you are.

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RCP and COVID-19

We are taking some extra measures to make your visit safe and enjoyable and ask that you do what you can too.

We have:

  • Limits on the number of visitors each day.
  • An NHS Track & Trace QR code where you can check in to our venue at reception.
  • Hygiene stations located throughout the building.
  • Thermal scanners to check your temperature at the entrance.
  • Staff taking lateral flow tests regularly before coming onsite.

We ask that you:

  • Wear a protective face mask or covering whilst inside the building.
  • Allow space between you and other people so everyone can feel comfortable.
  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and if anything changes that would affect your visit we will inform you immediately.

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@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.