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.

The 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
NGT: 18001 020 7869 6560

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Advanced booking is required for groups of eight 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


Events and Exhibitions at the Hunterian

Visit the website to find out about our events with lunchtime lectures, family-friendly activities and special evening events.

Current Exhibition - Designing Bodies: Models of human anatomy from 1945 to now
until Saturday 20 February 2016
Qvist Gallery, Hunterian Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free.

Anatomists and surgeons use models today for medical education and to develop the latest surgical skills. This exhibition presents how recent models have been devised and made, and how they are used in training.

This exhibition has been generously supported by: BBraun, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Strauss Charitable Trust.

Exhibition Symposium: Anatomy Modelling
Saturday 30 January 2016, 10am-5pm

Covering the full scope of anatomical modelling across multiple materials and species, this study day offers the opportunity to learn more about the design, creation and use of anatomical models. Delegates will also have the opportunity to engage with makers and modellers to discover the creative process involved in the modern creation of anatomical models.

Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hallam (Aberdeen), Miranda Lowe (Natural History Museum), Dr Anna Maerker (Kings College London), Annette Townsend (National Museums Wales), Eleanor Crook (Sculptor), Clare Rangeley (Modeller).
Chairs: Dr Sam Alberti (RCS)

Tickets £38/26 (concessions: students, RCS fellows, members & affiliates.) Includes all refreshments and delegates lunch. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.


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