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The Royal London Hospital Museum

The Museum is located in the former crypt of a fine, late 19th century, early English style church, designed by Arthur Cawston, which has been extensively restored.



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About the museum

The Museum displays a wealth of material focusing on the history of the Hospital since its foundation in 1740. Notable figures such as Joseph Merrick (the 'Elephant Man'), and former London Hospital nurses Edith Cavell and Eva Luckes are featured. A showcase on forensic medicine features original material on the Whitechapel ('Jack the Ripper') murders and Hospital Surgeon and Curator, Thomas Horrocks Openshaw who helped with the investigations. It also has a permanent exhibition of artefacts and archives relating to the Hospital and the history of healthcare in the East End. Works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, and written archives make up a fascinating collection.

The building also accommodates the Library of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Whitechapel. Visitors wishing to see the main body of the church can on weekdays, subject to the approval of the Duty Librarian at the Library reception desk.

Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are welcome.

If you would like to make a donation to The Royal London Hospital Archives Fund, which funds conservation of collections and other museum and archives development projects, please email or call 020 7618 1720.

Find out more about what there is to discover at the Museum

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Opening times

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm (closed over Christmas, New Year, Easter and public holidays). 

The Museum has a small number of staff and our opening hours may be subject to change at short notice. We recommend that you check opening times before planning a special visit to the Museum by calling 020 7377 7608.

For more information about our museums, download our information leaflet here.

Group visits

The Museum welcomes group visits either to just view the displays and/or to receive a guided tour. For more details on how to arrange for a group visit our group visits page here.


For wheelchair users there is ramped access to the museum from Newark Street. For more details about our access provisions please download our Access Statement.

Museum shop

The Museum shop sells a range of cards, postcards and publications. Find a list of publications available here.

Toilets and catering facilities

A disability accessible toilet is available to visitors. Please ask a member of staff to use this facility. There are toilets within the main hospital either at the Stepney Way entrance or Cavell entrance.

Nucleus Café in the Blizard Building is only a short walk from the museum
The Good Samaritan is the only pub on site and is busy and popular.

The Hospital has a restaurant on the 5th floor. There are also other cafes by the main reception area of the hospital and in the Dental Hospital.

There are many other excellent options in the local area. Please a member of staff for advice.

Find us

The Museum is located in the former crypt of St Philip's Church. The entrance is on Newark Street at the eastern end of the church. The address is:

The Royal London Hospital Museum
St Augustine with St Philip's Church 
Newark Street 
London E1 2AA

Find out how to get to the museum by downloading our map here.

Contact us

The Royal London Hospital Museum 
The Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BB

Tel: 020 7377 7608

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