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
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)

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CLOSING SOON: War, Art and Surgery

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Hunterian Museum is staging the exhibition War, Art and Surgery from 14 October 2014 - 14 February 2015.

Qvist Gallery and Art Cases, Hunterian Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Free.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to explore the relationship between war and surgery, past and present. With unprecedented access to military facilities, the artist Julia Midgley has created over 150 pieces of reportage artwork representing military surgeons in training and recently wounded soldiers on their road to recovery. Julia's work will be exhibited alongside all 72 of the College's striking pastels of wounded servicemen by surgeon-artist Henry Tonks from 1916-1918.

An accompanying catalogue is available to buy in the museum shop and online.


Events at the Hunterian for January-June

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

SPECIAL EVENT: Andrew Graham-Dixon on Henry Tonks

Wednesday 4 February, 7-9pm
Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon examines Henry Tonks' remarkable watercolours documenting the facial injuries suffered by servicemen during the First World War.
£7. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.


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