St Bartholomew’s Hospital is approaching the 900th anniversary of its foundation in 1123; the hospital museum tells the story of nine centuries of healthcare at the edge of the City of London. The permanent exhibition of original and facsimile archives, objects and works of art, includes Rahere’s grant of 1137 – the oldest document in the hospital archives – and the 1546 agreement between Henry VIII and the City of London which refounded the hospital. The objects on display in the museum are only a small part of the collections – to find out more, search our catalogue online .
The museum is located in the hospital’s historic North Wing, adjoining the Grand Staircase with its vast and spectacular paintings by William Hogarth, and overlooks the famous 18th century square designed by James Gibbs.
We are delighted to announce that St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum reopened on Wednesday 1 September following a prolonged closure due to Covid-19. As a small museum dependent on volunteers, we have had to limit the initial opening hours to one day a week – every Wednesday, 10am-4pm. This will move to two days a week, Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-4pm, from week commencing 11 October, and we hope to increase the number of opening days further in due course.
Please note that opening hours may occasionally be subject to change at short notice due to staff or volunteer absence or changing public health guidance, so please check our Twitter account for up-to-date information on openings or call us on the day if you are making a special journey. You can also email us with any queries regarding the museum.