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at the Royal College of Surgeons England

Free entry - please book

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Discover the art and science of surgery from ancient times to the present day.

Including the extraordinary specimen collection of the 18th century surgeon anatomist John Hunter.

Free entry - please book

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

What's On

  • The Hunterian Museum

    The Hunterian Museum, named after the 18th century surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793), will reopen at the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s headquarters at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London in May


    From 16th May 2023

  • Transforming Lives

    A series of interviews recounting personal experiences of surgery, from both the patients’ and the surgeons’ perspectives

  • Three medical devices, from left to right - a small orange/yellow resin rectangular object, containing wires and fuses; a silver, oval object inscribed 'Pikos 01 BIOTRONIK', with a long curling electric lead; a much smaller, silver capsule like object with four small hooks, inscribed 'Medtronic Micra'

    Digital Hunterian

    The Digital Hunterian takes the Museum beyond its physical space - with online exhibitions, videos, games and talks


Circular gold frame containing a coiled, metallic structure arranged in a spiral

Discover the collections held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England


John Hunter

Oil painting of a man (John Hunter) in young-middle age: his hair is powdered but he isn't wearing a wig. He wears a collarless grey coat over a waistcoat in the same fabric, with a white stock at his neck. The coat is decorated with large grey buttons down the opening and around the edge of the cuff. The subject's right arm is crossed in front of him, and his right index finger points to a monkey skull held in his left hand. The scene is lit strongly from the upper left, leaving the left side of the subject in dark shadow, silhouetted against a light archway behind.

Learn about John Hunter, the 18th century surgeon anatomist whose collection is at the heart of the Hunterian Museum