Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

The Hunterian Museum collections have been brought together over four centuries by a cast of colourful characters including the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793). They are a fascinating mix of human and animal anatomy and pathology specimens, wax teaching models, surgical and dental instruments as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Reopened in 2005 after a £3.2 million refurbishment, permanent displays and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions encourage visitors to explore the science and art of surgery. Visit for more information.

The Hunterian Museum also features in our Learning section.

Contact Us

Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
Tel. 0207 869 6560
Textphone/Typetalk: 18001 020 7869 6560

Advanced booking is required for groups of ten or more (guided tours are available - charges apply)
The MacRae Gallery: Room to Discover can be reserved for teaching sessions, workshops and seminars

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00
Closed Christmas-New Year, Good Friday and Easter Saturday (see museum website for details)

Free admission, donations welcome
Free curator's tour every Wednesday at 13:00

Disabled access (see museum website for details)

Holborn, Temple


Preview Display: War, Art and Surgery

Levy Cases, Inner Hall
Open Monday – Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.


From 11 November 2013, four artworks by reportage artist Julia Midgley will be displayed in the foyer cases of the Royal College of Surgeons. They have been selected from over 150 works Midgley made over eighteen months observing military surgical training and rehabilitation at Headley Court, York, RCS and other sites. These examples will be exchanged every few months to demonstrate the diversity of this work.

The small display anticipates larger exhibitions of Midgley’s watercolours at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art gallery from June 2014, and in the Hunterian Museum displayed alongside Henry Tonks’ First World War pastels from October 2014.

Visit our dedicated webpage for more information.

Events at the Hunterian for January -July

Download our latest brochure of events with lunchtime lectures, family-friendly activities and special evening events.


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