The Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum
Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
Greater London
WC2A 3PE
England

Website

www.hunterianmuseum.org

E-mail

Information and bookings

museums@rcseng.ac.uk

Telephone

Information and bookings

020 7869 6560

Textphone/Typetalk users

18001 020 7869 6560

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Displays at the Hutnerian Museum contain anatomical spcimines, many of which were prepared by the museum's founder - John Hunter - 200 years ago!
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The Hunterian Museum collections, brought together over four centuries by a cast of colourful characters including John Hunter (1728-1793), are a fascinating mix of comparative anatomy and pathology specimens; complete skeletons, bones, skulls and teeth; dried preparations, corrosion casts and wax teaching models; historical surgical and dental instruments together with modern surgical instruments and technologies; as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

The Hunterian Museum has undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment to create a publicly accessible museum that encourages visitors to explore the scientific, cultural and historical importance of the museum collections. The new Hunterian Museum enables visitors to share the wealth of material that has been a source of inspiration to surgeons, scientists and artists for over two hundred years. Come and be inspired!

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

The Hunterian Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Admission charges

Admission is free and the museum is open to all.

Getting there

By tube: Holborn and Temple are our nearest stations

By train: The museum is not far from several mainline stations including Euston, Charing Cross and Waterloo

By bus: any route via Aldwych or High Holborn runs close to the museum, includes:
1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 38, 55, 76, 98, 139, 172, 176, 242, 341

By cycle: there is a pick-up and drop off point for London's hired bikes behind the college on Portugal Street.

By road: London's congestion charges operate Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00.
The College is centrally located between, Fleet Street, High Holborn and Kingsway. Coaches can pick up and drop off immediately outside the museum.
Parking in Lincoln's Inn Fields is metered, more reasonable parking is at the NCP in Bloomsbury Square.
Disabled parking on site can be arranged by calling 020 7869 6400.

Additional info

Further information for disabled visitors

Access to the museum is via the two College entrances:

The main College entrance:
This entrance has six shallow steps up to the doors. There is an automatic door which opens sideways. The reception desk has a portable induction loop. Reception staff are happy to help with any access needs.

The Nuffield College of Surgical Sciences entrance:
This entrance is for visitors who are wheelchair users, have mobility problems or are unable to use steps. Entry is provided via an external access lift. Please use the call button in the lift and a porter will provide entry into the building.

There is level access throughout the museum spaces. The upper galleries can be reached by using a platform lift within the museum. Our staff are happy to provide assistance if you require it, please ask.
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome in the Museum.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the main College building and two accessible toilets on the fourth floor of the main College building.

Disabled parking on site can be booked by calling 020 7869 6400

The Hunterian Collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

At the heart of the Hunterian Museum is an astonishing 18th century medical collection. It is the legacy of the anatomist and surgeon John Hunter FRS (1728-1793), who built up an extensive museum which he used for teaching and for research on topics as diverse as the transplantation of teeth and the breeding of bees.

The collection reflects Hunter's wide-ranging network of correspondents, students and patrons - including Joseph Banks, Edward Jenner and Queen Charlotte - and contains paintings by artists such as George Stubbs and Benjamin West. After Hunter's death his collection was given to The Royal College of Surgeons, where over 3,500 Hunterian preparations are still displayed alongside many more gathered over the course of the last two centuries.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Medicine, Fine Art, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792
  • George Stubbs 1724-1806
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image: W.A.S. 072

Exhibition: War, Art and Surgery

  • 14 October 2014 — 14 February 2015 *on now

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 is exhibited alongside all 72 of the College's striking pastels of wounded servicemen by surgeon-artist Henry Tonks from 1916-1918.

Generously supported by Arts Council England, the Sir James Knott Trust, the Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation, Liverpool John Moores University and the Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

More details can be found on the website.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/war-art-and-surgery

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Portrait of Private Sauve, by Henry Tonks, 1916-1918.

War, Art and Surgery: Andrew Graham-Dixon on Henry Tonks

  • 4 February 2015 7-9pm

Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon examines Henry Tonks' remarkable watercolours documenting the facial injuries suffered by servicemen during the First World War. He examines them in the context of Harold Gillies’ early experiments in plastic surgery and considers them both as works of art and aids to surgery.

The Hunterian Museum will open for a ticketholders view of the exhibition ‘War, Art and Surgery’ from 6-7pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7. Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568.
Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/special-events

Crystal Gallery, Hunterian Museum

10 Years On: Special Anniversary Opening

  • 9 February 2015 10am-5pm

To celebrate 10 years since our 2005 refurbishment the Hunterian Museum will be open for one very special Monday with talks, museums and archives displays and activities.
Free entry, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/special-events

W.A.S. 082

From the Western Front to Afghanistan: Transforming military medicine for a century

  • 10 February 2015 1-2pm

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

Speakers: Dr Emily Mayhew and Squadron Leader Edward Spurrier BM FRCS
A historian and a trauma surgeon discuss how the reorganisation of Britain's military medical organisation on the Western Front was so successful that it provided the infrastructure for much of the military medical provision for the century that followed.
Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £4.
Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/lunchtime-lectures-and-evening-talks

Meet the Barber Surgeon

Barber Surgeon: Leeches, lancets and blood-letting

  • 17 February 2015 11-11:45am, 2-2:45pm, 3:30-4:15pm

11am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Meet Rory McCreadie, a Barber-Surgeon from the 17th century, and his pet leeches! From blood-letting to amputation, Rory reveals the gory secrets of surgery from centuries past. Ages 6+ (children must be accompanied).
Sessions last approximately 45 minutes.

Booking essential on 020 7869 6568.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 5-6

Admission

£2 per person, booking essential on 020 7869 6568.

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/family-activities

Painting of a chestnut arab mare with foal, by Jacques Laurent Agasse, unsigned, 1821.

In the Saddle: Horse doctors at war.

  • 17 March 2015 1-2pm

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

Speaker: Dr Paul Watkins MRCVS
During World War 1, thousands of horses served with the British Army, often under the most dreadful conditions, as exemplified in the film ‘War Horse’; but the service of veterinary surgeons or ‘horse doctors’ has been overlooked. This lecture will consider some of the veterinary aspects of the war, and highlight many of the close workings between the medical and veterinary professions in war.
Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £4.
Free place for companions accompanying disabled visitors.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568)

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/events/lunchtime-lectures-and-evening-talks

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

'A cutting edge career' - surgical skills workshops for Year 11-13 students

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access

Do your students want to go to medical school?
Are they in the process of applying and need something extra for their personal statements?
Would they benefit from some tips for the interview?
You can combine a visit to the museum with an opportunity for your students to learn some basic surgical skills and the chance to find out more about a career in medicine and surgery from medical students, junior doctors and working surgeons.
Maximum numbers: 10-20
More information and dates for sessions can be found on our website.

How to obtain

Booking and further information: call 020 7869 6566
Cost: session is offered free but a voluntary contribution of £3 per student is suggested

GCSE Medicine Through Time Workshop

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access/running-your-own-medicine-through-time-workshop

Working in small groups the students will use original objects from the museum and College library’s handling collections, library and archive source materials together with the objects and specimens on display in the museum to create a personalised tour that focuses on a particular element in the development of surgery, medicine and healthcare.
Class size: 30
Dates and times for these sessions can be found on our website http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/learning-and-access/

A template for a self-guided version of the workshop is also available to download.

How to obtain

Booking and further information: call 020 7869 6566
Sessions are free but voluntary contributions of £3 per student are suggested.

Getting there

By tube: Holborn and Temple are our nearest stations

By train: The museum is not far from several mainline stations including Euston, Charing Cross and Waterloo

By bus: any route via Aldwych or High Holborn runs close to the museum, includes:
1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 38, 55, 76, 98, 139, 172, 176, 242, 341

By cycle: there is a pick-up and drop off point for London's hired bikes behind the college on Portugal Street.

By road: London's congestion charges operate Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00.
The College is centrally located between, Fleet Street, High Holborn and Kingsway. Coaches can pick up and drop off immediately outside the museum.
Parking in Lincoln's Inn Fields is metered, more reasonable parking is at the NCP in Bloomsbury Square.
Disabled parking on site can be arranged by calling 020 7869 6400.

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