Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum Free


Exhibition situated in the crypt of a fine 19thC Gothic church, looking at the history of the Royal London Hospital since its foundation in 1740. Also the development of medicine in the east end of London. Nursing uniforms and instruments on show. Research facilities for archive users available. Donations welcome. One to two temporary displays annually on historical/health care subjects.

Prices and Opening Times

Child Ticket FREE
Family Ticket FREE
Concession Ticket FREE
Adult Ticket FREE

Opening Times

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00 Tuesday to Saturday.

Closure dates

Easter Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April (closing at 5pm on Thursday 13 April)

May Bank Holiday Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May

Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May

August Bank Holiday Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August

Christmas 2017 Saturday 23 December to Wednesday 27 December

New Year’s Day 2018 Saturday 30 December to Monday 1 January

Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

Venue Details & Map

Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

9 Prescot Street
E1 8PR
+44 (0)20 7377 7608
Public transport:
Tube: Whitechapel


Payment Facilities
Free entry

Yelp Reviews

9.00 out of 5
based on 3 reviews

Top 3 reviews of Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

5.0 out of 5
15 November 2008
by phantomjasmine

A hidden gem! In the crypt of St Augustine with St Philip's Church, now part of the hospital medical school, this is the archive and collection of the hospital associated with Jack the Ripper and the Elephant Man. It has a collection of historical surgical instruments, and displays on Edith Cavell, the nurse from the London who was executed in WW1, nurses uniforms through the ages, and George... more

5.0 out of 5
07 October 2016
by Shila B.

Peter and I came to the medical

Museum to check out some vintage medical instruments.

It was a lot smaller than I thought that it would be but still really cool.

I wanted to check out the elephant man

Bones and skull. more

4.0 out of 5
08 June 2017
by Marsha S.

The Royal London Museum doesn't sensationalize that it contains Joseph Merrick's , aka The Elephant Man's, skeleton. He is tucked into a corner of a display case not in direct view coming in.

I learned much before I finally faced Mr. Merrick's skeleton. In the display cases are surgical implements used before the advent of anesthesia or painkillers. (You'll find that It was important to work... more

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