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About the Royal College of Physicians Museum

There is a one-room museum in the basement of this impressive post-war building which shows off the history of the Royal College and of medication in general.

However, there is usually a much larger temporary exhibition held in the upper floors as well.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Royal College of Physicians Museum,
11 St Andrews Place,
London,
NW1 4LE

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to Royal College of Physicians Museum

The nearest station is Great Portland Street which is 0.1 miles away.


Royal College of Physicians Museum - Latest News

An exhibition about breathing
An exhibition about breathing

Taking a breath, something we do without thinking, until we think about it then we wonder how we can stop thinking about breathing and maybe panic about what would happen if we stopped breathing.

Exhibition goes under the skin to reveal the secrets of the human body
Exhibition goes under the skin to reveal the secrets of the human body

For a few weeks, there’s an exhibition about what lies beneath the skin of the average human being.

Exhibition celebrates the discovery of blood circulation
Exhibition celebrates the discovery of blood circulation

Just under 400 years ago, a British physician was to overturn 1,500 years of thinking about how the human body worked, with considerable opposition from the venue now hosting an exhibition about him. William Harvey was a very well connected

There’s a Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne at the RCP
There’s a Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne at the RCP

That modernist block by Regents Park that houses the medical professionals of the Royal College of Physicians has been given over to alchemy, astrology and witchcraft.

17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London
17th century medical cures to mark the Great Fire of London

Foot of a cat, fat from a pig, an old onion, some fresh eggs, hen’s droppings and horse dung – not a Scottish play potion, but the poultices offered to treat the burns of the Great Fire of London.

The lost library of the Tudor Magician Dr John Dee
The lost library of the Tudor Magician Dr John Dee

One of Tudor England’s most extraordinary and enigmatic figures is the topic of this exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians.

Exhibition about the Occultist Dr John Dee opening soon
Exhibition about the Occultist Dr John Dee opening soon

Mathematician, magician, astronomer, astrologer, explorer, occultist, imperialist, alchemist and spy, John Dee continues to fascinate centuries after he first stepped foot in the court of Elizabeth I.

 

Recent exhibitions

Collector of rarities, debunker of myths, inspiration to writers and doctors alike, conjuror of words, owner of a live ostrich and expert witness at a witch trial.
2017-01-30
2017-07-27
This exhibition celebrates outstanding women in medicine, past and present.
2017-10-03
2018-01-19
Breathing is so much more than simply biology. From babies’ first cries to our final dying gasps, breath is our constant companion on the journey through life. An exhibition mapping the unique role of respiration in human life and culture.
2019-05-17
2019-09-20
Under the skin: anatomy, art and identity
Peeling back the surface of existence to reveal what lies under the skin. An exhibition exploring the unsettling beauty of the human body from the medieval age to the contemporary world.
2019-10-10
2020-03-18

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