Royal College of Physicians Museum

Discover the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) museum in Regent’s Park – England’s oldest medical college. Explore 500 years of medical history and art in London’s most extraordinary modernist building.

Collections range from portraits, providing a pictorial and sculptural record of presidents, fellows and other physicians associated with the RCP, from its foundation in 1518 to the present, the fascinating Symons collection of medical instruments, and the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars.

Highlights from the collections include William Harvey's demonstration rod, the RCP silver-gilt mace and six 17th century anatomical tables.

The RCP building is itself notable. It was built by Denys Lasdun in 1964 and has since been recognised as a building of national importance through its Grade I listing.

The archive has the complete RCP annals, its founding charter, and papers of leading medical figures, whilst the library includes 30,000 books printed pre-1900, over one hundred incunables and the first book printed in the English language, in 1473. These collections can be accessed by appointment.

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Contact Us

Royal College of Physicians Museum
11 St. Andrews Place
Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE
Tel. +44 (0)20 3075 1543 / 1510
Fax. +44 (0)20 7486 3729


Euston Station
Regent's Park, Warren Street,
         Great Portland Street
18, 27, 30, C2, 135

Additional services

Picture library for RCP images.
Enquiry service for RCP and medical history.
Loans of items to other museums.

Visitor Information

Opening hours & access
Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, closed bank holidays and for large events (see website for details).
CLOSED 3–14 AUGUST 2016 for maintenance (except first Wednesday guided tour as below).
FREE entry (max group size 6 persons).

Step-free access throughout (entry at the side of the building).

Archive material and rare books may be accessed by appointment.

Guided tours may be booked for groups, min 6 persons, at £6 per head.

FREE drop-in 30 minute tour of the building and collections first Wednesday of every month starting at reception 1.30pm (not for groups of 6 or more).
Between March and October these tours are immediately followed by FREE tours of the Medicinal Garden (60-90 minutes).

Multimedia guide available from reception –
FREE to use (bank card required as security).


Power and beauty
1 September – 23 December 2015, FREE entry
Seals, charters and the story of identity. 

Exploring 800 years of royal authority and symbolism through a stunning series of charters, seals and deeds from the Royal College of Physicians collections.

Royal great seals on display will include those of King John, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles II, through to Victoria and Elizabeth II.

The exhibition will highlight the craftsmanship and artistry of the constitutional documents that symbolise and confirm the authority of the Royal College of Physicians and their amazing survival in the archives over five centuries of war, fire and theft.

'Re-framing disability': portraits from the Royal College of Physicians
Available now - FREE to hire
This award-winning exhibition explores historical portraits of disabled people held within the Royal College of Physicians' collection.

It also includes the voices of 27 disabled participants from across the UK, who came together to discuss the historical portraits and their own identities and lives.

FREE to hire – please contact us for more information.

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