Museum Lates at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

1st August 2019 | 5:00PM

Visit the Royal College of Physicians Museum after hours until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Explore exhibitions, art, medical objects and more than 500 years of history at England’s oldest medical college.

Discover collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. See free temporary exhibitions from our award-winning team, and join a curator-led tour.

Free 30 minute exhibition tours start at 6pm, book online now to reserve your place.

For details of the changing monthly programme of drop-in activities, talks and workshops click here to check the Royal College of Physicians website

Highlights of any visit include:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions


Forthcoming Museum Lates:

  • Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Thursday 10 October 2019 (one week later than usual)
  • Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Thursday 5 December 2019

A Royal Progress

Museum of the Order of St John

5th August 2019 | 12:00PM

A new guided tour highlights the role of royals past and present in the dramatic history of the Order of St John.

This tour explores 900 years of history, from the founding of the Clerkenwell Priory under Henry II to the creation of the modern St John Ambulance organisation under Queen Victoria, and the continuing involvement of today’s Royals as patrons of the UK’s leading first aid charity. Join on a lunchtime or evening tour to see this amazing story told through our historic buildings and unique rarely seen objects from our collections.

Tours at 12.00pm or 6.30pm on selected dates from March – September

Tickets from £6

Click here to check times and book tickets

College of Optometrists – Eye-Opener event

College of Optometrists

6th August 2019 | 2:00PM

The British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists is opening its doors this summer for a series of three experimental ‘Eye Openers’. Usually only available to view on a guided tour by prior appointment, the museum will instead be open during these events for walk-in visits from 2pm-5pm, as part of a plan to attract a more diverse range of visitors. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the exhibits and answer questions. The third of these events is on 6 August. Visitors will be able to see our new acquisition ‘A Frame for London’, a transparent plastic spectacle frame incorporating old items scavenged during a River Thames Mudlarking expedition in 2018, presented to the College by Cubitts Ltd. Visit the museum website.

Museum & Theatre Open Day 24 August 2019

Langdon Down Museum

24th August 2019 | 10:00AM

The museum and theatre are open from 10am to 5pm.  

(Last entry 4.30pm)

Tour of the museum and theatre at 12.30

The archivist will give a 60 minute talk and tour around the museum and theatre.