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Bringing your students to the Hunterian Museum
The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
offers students from ages 12-19 a unique opportunity to view a
collection of human and zoological anatomical and pathological
specimens and learn the fascinating story of the development of
surgery and medical practices through the ages from the 1700’s to the
With links to the Science, History, Art, Design and Technology and
Citizenship curricula there are many reasons to visit and entry to the
collection is free of charge.
Because of the nature of the collections we are unable to accommodate
school groups below year 7, but younger children are welcome to visit
at the weekends and during the holidays with their families.
Visit our website www.hunterianmuseum.org to see our events for
Planning your visit
To make the most of your visit, we offer facilitated workshops to GCSE
and 6th Form groups as well as tours for secondary schools that range
from an introduction to the collection to a biology-themed tour. These
are offered free to UK schools although voluntary contributions of £3
per child are suggested.
Information about these can be found on the Learning & Access section
of our website.
Schools can also opt for a self-guided visit. The museum has
downloadable resources to support history, science and citizenship
curricula and museum staff are happy to advise you on how to make the
most of your time here.
It is always recommended that teachers intending to guide their own
session make a pre-visit so that they have an idea of how they can
best structure their time.
To discuss a visit to the museum or establish available dates call the
learning officer on 020 7869 6566 or email [email protected]
Once you have selected a date/dates for your visit(s) please complete
and submit an online Group Booking Form (one form for each proposed
Once we have received this form we will send you a confirmation which
you are advised to check to ensure details are correct.
While the majority of our sessions and tours are offered free to UK
schools, all sessions have a cancellation clause which requires the
school to provide two weeks’ notice of the cancellation of any session
– (or change of date which is treated as a cancellation if made with
less than two weeks’ notice).
Failure to provide this notice will result in the school being charged
a penalty fee of £100/£50 (dependant on the activity).
Health and safety
Please be aware of the following:
The museum makes up one part of a large working building which has a
strong medical and surgical element. Students should be advised to
stay in the defined visitor areas and not leave the museum space
without notifying a member of the school or museum staff and should
keep to those areas in the college set aside for visitors. Toilets are
in the basement off the foyer area.
An adequate number of adults to pupils is needed based on these
Key Stage 3 - 1:10; Key Stage 4/5 - 1:10
6th Form students can attend selected museum workshops independently
but must have a staff member to bring them if they intend to make a
self-guided visit to the museum with or without a tour.
The museum has completed a risk assessment which is on our website
Museum Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00
Entrance to the museum is via the main gates of the college through
the main portico entrance. The museum is on the first floor of the
Once in the foyer all group members will be given yellow museum
visitors badges. These must be displayed throughout your visit.
If you are visiting to take part in a workshop you will be met by a
museum facilitator. If it is a self-guided visit you will be directed
to the toilets and cloakroom in the basement and up to the museum on
the first floor.
Coaches can drop-off and pick-up immediately outside the college gate
but cannot park in the area
Coaches can sometimes find the narrow streets difficult to navigate so
you may need to be dropped off on Kingsway and walk through Sardinia
Street in to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
The Museum does not have a lunchroom but there is a covered space in
the square opposite the college.
Special needs and mobility
The College and the Museum are wheelchair accessible but do please let
us know if anyone in your group has any special requirements, such as
allergies, behavioural issues or mobility needs so that we can make
advance arrangements if necessary. Please see the college
The Museum Shop is located by the museum reception desk. It stocks
pocket money items like postcards and pencils as well as more
expensive books and gift items.
The shop is located in a small space so we recommend that children
visit it in small groups.
There is a £5 minimum for debit/credit card purchases