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Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

A medical device - a black camera attached to a long metal rod with a plastic tip.  The device's power box sits beside it - a grey metal box with black dials and metal switches.

Prototype Hopkins Endoscope, 1961

Access & facilities

The Royal College of Surgeons of England strives to reduce any barriers to coming to or enjoying a visit to the Hunterian Museum and associated events.

Feedback and suggestions on ways to improve is welcome from all visitors.

Additional information is available on the Royal College of Surgeons of England AccessAble Access Guide 

Step-free access

All floors of the building have step-free access. There is a ramp at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields entrance and a self-operated platform lift at the Portugal Street entrance.

Toilets and changing facilities

Toilets are on the ground floor, to the left as you enter from Lincoln’s Inn Fields. 

There is an accessible toilet and separate baby changing facilities.

The building does not have a Changing Places toilet. 

Read more about Change Places toilets.

The nearest one can be found using by searching here, using postcode WC2A 3PE. Currently the nearest facilities open to the public are at Great Ormond Hospital (0.7 miles) and Wellcome Collection, Euston Road (1.3 miles).


Lockers are available on a first come first served basis

Sizes - 

69.5 (h) x 31.5 (w) x 62.5 (d) cm

64.5 (h) x 28.5 (w) x 45.5 (d) cm

47.5 (h) x 29 (w) x 46 (d) cm

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome

Wheelchair users

Royal College of Surgeons of England is a wheelchair-accessible building. A wheelchair can be made available for your visit if booked in advance. Please email [email protected] to reserve.

Seating in the Museum

There are five benches with arm supports located throughout the Museum. In addition there are seats at some AV displays. There are mobile foldable stools available in the Museum.

Seating in other parts of building

There are benches without arms or backs at the Museum exit in the foyer area from Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
There is a large low level leather sofa in the Ground floor atrium.
There is a bench with back and arms in recess to right of lifts on the first floor.


If queuing is difficult for you, please let a member of staff at the Reception Desk know.

Blue Badge parking

There is no disabled parking on site. There are Blue Badge parking bays close by on Lincoln's Inn Fields and Portugal Street. Blue Badge’s London map has more information.

Visual access

Magnifying glasses or magnifying sheets are available for loan from the Reception Desk.
A Hunterian Museum App with full text and audio descriptions will be available in summer 2023.
All Audio Visuals with sound have subtitles or explanatory text. There is a text transcription of the Leicester Square House AV in Room 6 via a QR code.

Induction loops

There is a countertop induction loop at the Museum Reception Desk and in spaces where Museum events are held.

Access tours and events

There are regular tours of the Hunterian Museum for visitors with specific access needs, including live audio description and BSL interpreted tours. Speech to text will be available at many talks. Please check the Hunterian Museum website for details

An audio-described tour of the Museum and building will be available via the Hunterian Museum App from Summer 2023.