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.
Painting of an operating theatre by Barbara Hepworth, signed and dated, 1948.

Surgeons at Work: The Art of the Operation

  • 31 March — 27 June 2015 *on now

The link between surgery and art has long been recognised and many artists, including Henry Tonks and Barbara Hepworth, have found inspiration from observing the surgical world. This exhibition will feature representations of surgeons and surgery from the 16th to the 21st centuries taken from the museum and library collections of the Royal College of Surgeons. These book illustrations, prints, drawings and paintings convey technical information or provide a record of treatment. Many also attempt to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the theatre and reveal something of the relationship between the patient, surgeon and the operating team.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry - Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Website

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/exhibitions

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.
Professor Harold Ellis

Royal Operations

  • 28 April 2015 1-2pm

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

Speaker: Professor Harold Ellis FRCS
Surgeons always enjoy a good surgical story. Few beat stories of operations on Kings and Queens of the past. In this illustrated talk, Professor Harold Ellis will recount some of his favourite “Royal Operations”.
Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

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

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

RCSSC P/3158 Tooth Transplantation: Hand coloured cartoon showing a fashionable dentist engaged in tooth transplantation, by Thomas Rowlandson, 1787.

'From Womb to Tomb': Medical Images in Eighteenth Century British Art

  • 5 May 2015 1-2pm

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

Speaker: Dr Fiona Haslam
The eighteenth century was an age of satire. Gay, Swift, Pope, Fielding and many other writers depicted society with barbed pens. Artists such as Hogarth, Rowlandson and Gillray followed suit in their graphic prints and paintings and the world of medicine did not escape their scrutiny. This lecture shows how medical images offer a glimpse of the medical and social history of the time.
Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

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

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

Mr King - Victorian Surgeon

Mr King - Victorian Surgeon

  • 26 May 2015 11-11:45am, 2-2:45pm, 3:30-4:15pm

11am, 2pm, 3.30pm

In the middle of the 19th century, surgery was still a messy and dangerous undertaking. The inventions which would improve the treatment of patients were only just appearing. Come and meet Mr King, a surgeon from this fascinating time in medical history. Ages 6+ (children must be accompanied).

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

Suitable for

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

Admission

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

Website

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

RCSSC/M 196 Art Union of London Sir Thomas Lawrence medal, by George Gammon Adams after Edward Hodges Baily, 1860. Reverse: Portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, full length to right.

Battlefield Medicine at Waterloo

  • 16 June 2015 1-2pm

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

Speaker: Mr Michael Crumplin
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815. Around 100,000 Allied British, German and Dutch troops were commanded by Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. Facing him was the French Armée du Nord of 125,000 committed French soldiers, led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Neither commander in this titanic struggle had ever faced each other in combat. The battle will be explained in stages, highlighting particular medical issues.

Lectures last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions.

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

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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