The Hunterian Museum

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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 museum is now closed major redevelopment of the RCS building, with all collections removed from the site by end of Summer 2017.

We look forward to re-opening in Autumn 2020 with a new building and exciting new spaces that will allow greater public access for all visitors to discover the past, present and future of surgery.


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The Hunterian Museum is closed until Autumn 2020.

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

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

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

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

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


The Hunterian Museum is closed until Autumn 2020





020 7869 6560

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18001 020 7869 6560

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