Royal College of Physicians Museum

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is the oldest medical college in England. Its collections relate to the history of the College, and to the physician's profession.

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. 020 3075 1543 / 020 3075 1510
Fax. 020 7486 3729

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Closed bank holidays and for ceremonies (see website for details).
Free entry (max group size 6 persons).

Wheelchair access throughout.
Enter at the side of the building.

Archive material and rare books by appointment only.

Guided tours may be booked (£5 per head) for groups, min 6 persons.
Free drop-in tour first Friday of each month, including August, at 2pm, starting at reception (not for groups of 6 or more).
Multimedia guide available from reception – credit card required as security.
Free tours of the Medicinal Garden can be booked.

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

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


The anatomy of a building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians
8 September 2014 – 13 February 2015, free entry

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians’ headquarters – our Grade I listed modernist masterpiece – and its architect, Sir Denys Lasdun.

In 1964 Lasdun created a radical new headquarters for the 500 year old College. On the edge of Regent's Park it holds an ancient library, a 17th-century oak panelled room and a marble portrait gallery in cutting-edge concrete and glass. 

Whether you love or loathe modern architecture, visit the RCP this autumn to find out more about the astonishing Grade I listed 1960s ceremonial building which has inspired generations of architects.

On display will be rarely-seen original models of Lasdun’s best-known buildings, including the National Theatre and Keeling House alongside contemporary drawings, letters and photographs from private collections and the Lasdun Archive at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

'Re-framing disability': portraits from the Royal College of Physicians

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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