Museum Late
5.30 - 8pm
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, NW1 4LE

Discover our collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. 

December Museum Late 

At December's Museum Late, hear from Under the skin curator and rare books librarian, Katie Birkwood, who will give an introduction to the exhibition and highlights to discover at 6pm. In the library reading room, examine and handle one of the artworks from the exhibition up close. Turn the pages of Andrew Carnie’s evocative work ‘UnFolding Sheets. Towards A View of One’s Head’ alongside the Victorian brain images that inspired it.


6pm: Curator introduction to 'Under the skin' exhibition, 1st floor

5.30-8pm: Anatomical festive crafting! 2nd floor reading room

5.30-8pm: Museum and exhibition open (all floors) and refreshments available 

Visitor admiring display

Other RCP Museum highlights include:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions 

Forthcoming Museum Lates: 

  • Thursday 9 January 2020 (one week later than usual) 
  • Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Thursday 2 April 2020