Royal London Hospital Museum

Museum located in former church crypt which tells the story of Britain's largest voluntary hospital from its foundation in 1740.

Whether you live or work in Whitechapel, or are visiting the hospital, a visit to our museum is a real treat.

You will find a replica skeleton of Joseph Merrick (the ‘Elephant Man’), with original documentation from his residence in the hospital alongside the original hospital charter of 1759.

Other displays include original, and brutal looking, surgical instruments used before antisepsis, forensic medicine based on the investigation into the Whitechapel murders (‘Jack the Ripper’), hospital uniforms and dentistry equipment.

Our museum celebrates the lives of key figures such as Sir William Blizard, hospital matron Eva Luckes, Dr Barnardo, Frederick Treves and Edith Cavell, and looks at the impact of medical advances that took place in the hospital, on modern medicine and the local area.

A display sponsored by the late Dr Mona Grey (1910-2009) celebrates nurses who have made a difference to people’s lives. This changes regularly responding to suggestions from the public - please contact us if you have a proposal for the display.

We are located in part of the former crypt of St Philip’s Church.The grade II* listed church, was designed by Arthur Cawston and completed in 1892. The building now houses the library of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. It is possible to view the main interior of the church, subject to the approval of the duty librarian.