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St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE, United Kingdom | 020 3465 5798 | Website

Venue Description

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. The museum has a permanent exhibition of original and facsimile archives and objects, including facsimile copies of the oldest document in the hospital archives, Rahere’s grant of 1137, and the 1546 agreement between Henry VIII and the City of London which refounded the hospital. Other displays include works of art, and surgical and medical equipment used in the hospital. Two vast and spectacular paintings by William Hogarth are also visible from the museum.


The museum, which is situated in a listed 18th-century building, is accessed by three stone steps, but a ramp is available on request, either on the day or by calling or emailing in advance. The door of the museum is a heavy wooden double door, but assistance can be provided by museum staff to open the door if it is closed in colder weather, again, either on the day or in advance. A hearing loop is provided for the introductory video.

Awards List

Arts Council England Accredited Museum Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction


Accessible toilets are available within other hospital buildings, around 100 yards from the museum, though there are none in the same building.


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  • Accessible Format
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Access Statement

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