Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum

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The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London is a historic medical museum containing fascinating and unusual anatomical and surgical specimens, displayed over eight gallery areas. The large collection accumulated by John Hunter, the famous 18th century Surgeon, contains many animal and human remains as well as surgical instruments and technology. The Museum is open to the public from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5pm. 

The Hunterian Museum boasts unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures that reveal the art and science of surgery from the 17th century to the present day. 


The Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each month to learn about the history and development of Surgery. We run family activities, tours and events and we have a friendly volunteer community and volunteering with us offers the chance to gain experience of day to day front of house Museum work and visitor engagement as well as cash handling and retail tasks for the Museum shop. 

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