Royal London Hospital Museum

Royal London Hospital Museum: Hours, Address, Royal London Hospital Museum Reviews: 4/5

Royal London Hospital Museum

Royal London Hospital Museum
4
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Whitechapel
Whether you're here for its dynamic street life, world class galleries or famed curry houses, you're bound to be wowed by the uniquely cosmopolitan flavor of Whitechapel. Long gone are the days when Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. And despite his mysterious legacy bringing throngs of curiosity driven tour groups to its back alleys and otherwise serene garden squares, these days you're more likely to catch a cutting edge fashionista scurrying through its age old lanes than criminals of any sort.
How to get there
  • Whitechapel • 4 min walk
  • Whitechapel • 4 min walk
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59 reviews
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Royal visit
Aug 2020 • Friends
Excellent museum about John merrick the elephant man and he had a disability of the face and body i think that's his name 😀
Written June 15, 2021
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MindtheGap1996to2019
Melbourne93 contributions
One of the Best 'Off the Beaten Track' Museums in London
Oct 2019
A hidden gem, free to enter but please consider donating a pound to this wonderful small volunteer-run space that must be preserved for future generations. Excellent range of publications and what could be more interesting than Joseph Merrick and Frederick Treves? The walk itself through the area from the city is worth the time. Please ring ahead of visiting.
Written October 9, 2019
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gazalondon2017
Greater London, UK517 contributions
Small but worth a visit
Aug 2019 • Solo
A large history of nursing and a mould of James Merrick the Elephant Man with his original hat on display is why I think most people visit here. The museum is small and you find you are the only people in it but the staff are so helpful and friendly. If your in the area make a visit but don’t travel unless your really into nursing history and the elephant man.
Written August 6, 2019
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larryderm
Philadelphia, PA793 contributions
Superb Medical Museum
Jul 2019 • Solo
A small museum that depicts the development of this large hospital in the East End of London. The highlight, of course, is the story of Joseph Merrick, the elephant man, who had proteus syndrome. There are pictures and memorabilia of the founding of the hospital and the medical school.
Written July 3, 2019
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lynnwell
Glasgow, UK22 contributions
Closed without notice.
Jun 2019
I walked half way across town to visit but it was closed even though it said it was open on the website and sign outside. There were others outside waiting too. Quite poor communication on the part of whoever runs it and disappointing for me as I’ve always wanted to visit
Written June 19, 2019
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G L
Chicago15 contributions
Went twice, closed twice
Apr 2019 • Couples
I went on a Tuesday and then again on a Thursday. Both times it was closed despite what the sign indicating the hours read.
Written May 7, 2019
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Liz D
Trefriw39 contributions
Went to visit a friend in hospital and found this little gem
Apr 2019 • Friends
Had not heard of this museum, so glad I went.
As my mother was a nurse and I love the NHS it was close to my heart.
Written April 13, 2019
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Ripper2016
Banbury, UK61 contributions
A "must"
Sep 2018 • Friends
This small gem in Whitechapel (behind the London Hospital) is amazing!
To just look round at the Elephant man display and the Jack the Ripper items is worth going there. But, the other items on show - ( you wonder where that medical instrument went!) are intriguing.
They also have 4 'videos' to watch the one on Joseph Merrick is well worth watching.
Anyone visiting the East End should go to this museum (1 1/2 hours without the videos) and a drink in the Blind Beggar (associated with the Krays) afterwards.
Well worth a visit.
Written October 4, 2018
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hfulton32
Paisley, UK411 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is a small museum but with excellent exhibits and films. Mostly it's about Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man. There's a replica of his skeleton and other artefacts Inc the only surviving card model he made. There are also several good short films.
There are other interesting displays tho on Jack the Ripper and the improvements in nursing in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
There is also a good shop with books and some mementoes. Can't say more about the shop as there was a power cut as we were ending our visit!

Don't leave the area tho without seeing the shop where Joseph was displayed and where Treeves first saw him, and the old building where he was taken to be shown to doctors. His actual skeleton is there but it no longer seems open to the public and we were ushered out not v politely when we tried to find out!

To find the shop, it's a few doors down on the right hand side of the alley leading to the Whitechapel tube. As you follow the signs from the main entrance to the museum you will pass the old surgery building. I've added pics to make them easy to recognise. You will also see St Philip's Church that Joseph could see from his lodgings in Bedstead Square.
Written October 4, 2018
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FritzKubrick
Norrkoping, Sweden339 contributions
Joseph Merrick
Sep 2018 • Solo
Joseph Merrick aka the elephant man is the only reason I went there. A replica of his skeleton is there along with his actual hat and facemask and the model of the cathedral he made. Nothing else in this tiny museum excited me.
Written September 1, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal London Hospital Museum

Royal London Hospital Museum is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM