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 9:00-17:00, Closed bank holidays (RESTRICTED ACCESS 29 July-02 September for annual building maintenance - contact us 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 at 2pm, starting at reception (not for groups of 6 or more).

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


Current exhibition
‘This bewitching poison’: alcohol and the Royal College of Physicians
13 January - 27 June 2014, free entry

An exhibition exploring 300 years of drinking history and debate through the work of artists, doctors, satirists and activists.

The last drop - Wellcome Library, LondonFrom the ‘gin craze’ in the 1700s to minimum unit pricing debates today, our exhibition tells stories of drinking: consumption and regulation, excess and temperance, celebration and destitution, disease and cure.

On display will be paintings, prints, rare books and intriguing artefacts with loans from the Museum of London, the Wellcome Library, the Cartoon Museum and others.

Image: Wellcome Library, London

Touring exhibition
'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.

It is free to hire - please contact us for more information.

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