Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

RCOG Museum
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The College museum comprises a unique collection of obstetric, midwifery, surgical and gynaecological instruments and artefacts spanning over four hundred years. This collection has been built up from a series of gifts and acquisitions since the foundation of the College.

500 Years: The Birth of Modern Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a semi-permanent exhibition of objects, together with items from the library and archive collections, which has been mounted in the Education Centre of the College. This interactive display, which includes touch screens, video clips, and audio, takes the visitor through five hundred years of innovation in the specialty. Items are drawn together into 22 subject themes from anatomy to IVF. The biographies of 54 key characters in the field, from Virginia Apgar to Percival Willughby, can also be found on the touch screens.

The development of this exhibition was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

For more information or to make an appointment to see either the exhibition or the reserve collection please contact

The College Library holds a unique collection of books, reports and journals relating to clinical obstetrics and gynaecology. The collection includes over 2000 volumes published between 1500 and 1900. The catalogue early printed books can be accessed at:

The College's Archive includes records of the foundation of the College, Council and committee minutes, papers of special reports, surveys and projects. The archive catalogue can be accessed at:

The Library and Archive collections can be accessed by researchers by appointment.

Venue Type:

Archive, Science centre, Association or society

Opening hours

The museum exhibition is accessible by appointment (by emailing or by telephoning 020 7772 6385) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The library and archive collections are also available by appointment between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Admission charges

Admission free

Collection details

Archives, Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Obstetric, midwifery, surgical and gynaecological instruments and artefacts
  • Abortion, contraception, artificial insemination by donor, childbirth and maternity services
  • IVF
  • Virginia Apgar
  • Percival Willughby

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
27 Sussex Place
Regent's Park
Greater London


RCOG Museum

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Museum enquiries

Library enquiries

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Museum enquiries

020 7772 6385

Library enquiries

020 7772 6309

Archives enquiries

020 7772 6277

General enquiries

020 7772 6200


020 7262 8331

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