Visit the Museum

The Museum is run by the Archives Department at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the Museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history. For visitor information and opening hours, see here.

The Museum exhibits original and facsimile archives dating back to the 12th century, among them the agreement between Henry VIII and the City of London which refounded the hospital. Henry’s signature can be seen in the top left-hand corner.

Objects from the hospital’s unique historical collections are also exhibited, including works of art, and surgical and medical equipment used in the hospital. Visitors can view a case of amputation instruments which belonged to John Abernethy, surgeon to the hospital in 1815-27, and the tools of the apothecary’s trade, including pill-making equipment, scales and drug bottles.

The Museum overlooks the famous 18th-century square designed by James Gibbs. Two vast and spectacular paintings by William Hogarth are also visible from the Museum.

Header photo © Paul Tucker

Portraits and Paintings

The Hogarth Stair

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