The Royal London Hospital museum and archives

View of the Royal London Hospital Museum

Please note, the Royal London Hospital Museum is currently closed for the safety of our volunteers and visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We will continue to follow public health advice and hope to reopen in 2021. Please check our Twitter account for up-to-date information on openings. You can also email us with any queries regarding the museum or future reopening. We are currently closed to archive enquiries - see here for more information.

The London Hospital (now The Royal London Hospital) has cared for the community of East London since 1740; the hospital museum tells the story from its earliest days, looking at its role in the development of modern medicine and in the local area, and highlighting key figures including Edith Cavell and Joseph Merrick.

We are located in part of the former crypt of St Philip’s Church.The grade II* listed church was designed by Arthur Cawston and completed in 1892. The upper part of the building now houses the library of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The objects on display in the museums are only a small part of the collections - to find out more, search our catalogue online

I am Human – a walking tour of the Royal London Hospital

I am Human: a new walking tour of the Royal London Hospital

Although the museum is currently closed, local residents and visitors to the hospital site may enjoy following the footsteps of the hospital’s most famous resident, Joseph Merrick, the so-called ‘Elephant Man’. Based on sources held in the hospital’s archives, the audio guide brings 1880s Whitechapel to life through the voices of Merrick, the Hospital’s celebrity surgeon Frederick Treves, its resourceful young Matron, Eva Luckes and a medical student training at the college. 

Download the guide free from Soundcloud, or download a copy of the 'I am Human' walking tour leaflet.

Publications for sale

While the museum is closed, you can still order items from our small shop, which sells a range of books, prints and postcards -  please see our publications for sale list [pdf] for details. To order any of these items, please email us. All proceeds go towards the development of the archives and museums.

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