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Information for Visitors

The Hunterian Museum
Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Directions and map

Underground: Holborn

College ground-floor plan Hunterian Galleries floorplan

Frequently asked questions

Answers to the most commonly asked questions by our visitors, such as how to get the most out of a visit, how to find the museum from Holborn tube station, and where to find a cup of tea and a bun.

Opening times

The Hunterian Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free and the museum is open to all.

Please be advised that at busy times such as Saturday afternoon you may be required to queue to enter the museum. To avoid queuing please visit in the morning between 10-12.

The Museum and the College of Surgeons close annually for Good Friday, Easter Saturday and from Christmas Eve to New Years Day inclusive, reopening on the first working day of the year.

Location and local transport network

The Hunterian Museum is located inside:

The Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

How to get to the Royal College of Surgeons

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Group bookings

All groups must book in advance. Admission is free but a donation of £3 per person is encouraged.

To book a visit you need to complete and submit an online booking form

If you would like to arrange a tour for your group while in the museum, please see the information section below.

If you are arranging or leading an organised party, there is no charge for external guides to deliver their own tours in the galleries. We would strongly recommend for ease of movement in the spaces that you do not guide groups of more than 30 persons and ask that you consider collecting a contribution from your tour members or making a donation via your own organisation.

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Guided tours and gallery talks

There is a free curator led, guided tour every Wednesday at 1pm. Places are limited to 25 people and advance booking is recommended. This tour is open to individuals and small groups up to a maximum of 5 people. Call 020 7869 6560 to reserve places.

Talk of the day

Museum volunteers regularly deliver free talks in the Hunterian Museum. These cover a wide range of subjects relating to the museum collections and the history of surgery. They include:

  • Anatomy of A Hanging by Mr Richard Pusey, FRCS
  • A night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury by Mr Tim Guerrier, FRCS
  • The Wretched Child in Hunter's Time by Professor Lewis Spitz, FRCS

Find out more about what subjects are covered at talk of the day.

The museum cannot guarantee that a specific talk will be available on the day of your visit so please phone the museum before you travel to find out what is on that day. Call 020 7869 6560.

Curator led tours for groups

Tours of the museum can be booked for up to 30 people:

  • A 30-minute tour is £100 plus VAT.
  • A 45-minute tour is £150 plus VAT.
  • Tours for FE/HE groups are 25% discount (£75 for 30 mins or £112.50 for 45 mins) plus VAT.
  • Short introductory tours for UK schools (KS3-KS5) are free, but donations of £3 per student are encouraged.

To arrange a visit to the Hunterian Museum with or without a tour, please complete and submit an online booking form

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Venue hire

The museum is available to hire for evening receptions in conjunction with the other facilities on offer in the College. For more information please contact the Facilities department on 020 7869 6702 or visit the venue hire section.

The MacRae Gallery can be reserved for teaching sessions, practical demonstrations or workshops, as well as seminars and small symposia. The room is suitable for away days, staff training workshops, business development meetings and team building activities.

The MacRae Gallery is available to hire from 8.30am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The cost is £350 per day. The gallery can be hired on its own and in conjunction with other facilities across the College.

Equipment available that is included in the price of hire is a projector and screen, flipchart, microscopes, measuring and handling equipment (on request). Bench space for can also be reserved for up to four people. Please contact the museum on 020 7869 6560 for more information.

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Museum Shop

Take home a reminder of your visit to the museum - from guidebooks to glow-in the dark-eyeballs, postcards to pens, books to bugs and magnets to mugs - there's something for everyone. We also stock a selection of College themed and branded merchandise.

Prices start at pocket-money levels, and savings can often be found in our end of season sales.

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Contact us

Hunterian Museum

The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE

Telephone: 020 7869 6560

NGT: 18001 020 7869 6560


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