Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

The Royal Pharmaceutical Museum will be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

About the Museum

Our Museum, established in 1842, is a unique resource for everyone interested in the history of British pharmacy.

Based on our unique collections, there's something for everyone, whether you're a pharmacist, researcher, family historian, visitor to London, or simply fascinated by the history of healthcare.

The museum collections cover all aspects of British pharmacy history, from the 1400s up to the present day. The collection includes:

  • The Early Printed Books Collection, including herbals and early pharmacopoeias from the 1400s – 1800s
  • Proprietary (brand name) medicines, dating from the 1700s to the present day
  • Fine English Delftware & European drug jars, dating from the 1600s - 1700s
  • Bell metal mortars, dating from the 1500s - 1700s
  • The Burges Collection of Materia Medica, dating from the late 1700s
  • Traditional dispensing equipment
  • Drug storage containers
  • Medical caricatures and prints
  • Oil paintings, including portraits of past Society Presidents
  • The Society photo archive.


Museum services

If you are a researcher, student, teacher, or simply interested in pharmacy history, we have a range of services and online resources to provide you with ways to find out more about the history of British pharmacy.

For more details call us on 020 7572 2210 (Museum enquiries only) or email [email protected].

Take a virtual tour...

During lockdown, join Catherine, our Museum Officer, for a regular virtual introduction to the museum, along with a few of the more unusual items in the collection!

Remarkable Remedies Episode 1

The RPS Museum Collection

Remarkable Remedies Episode 2

Plagues and Pandemics

Remarkable Remedies Episode 3

A virtual tour of the RPS Museum

Remarkable Remedies Episode 4

Women In Pharmacy

Antidote Case Museum

Opening times

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. We're closed on Bank Holidays.


Admission FREE (donations welcome). The museum displays are open to all visitors.


Guided tours

Please contact the museum team to book a guided tour of the museum displays.
We welcome bookings for group visits. Charges may apply.


There is step free access to all display areas. If you have any special access requirements, we would be happy to discuss them before your visit to make it as enjoyable as possible.

Finding us

The museum is a 5-minute walk from St Katharine Docks and a 10-minute walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Public transport

Tower Hill Underground and Tower Gateway DLR stations are both a 10-minute walk away. The 100 bus stops nearby on East Smithfield.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
66 East Smithfield
London E1W 1AW

020 7572 2210
[email protected]

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