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The RCOG Museum is unique in the UK with its focus on women’s health care.

The Museum collections have grown through gifts and acquisitions since the foundation of the College, and now includes the complementary collection of the Royal College of Midwives.

The world famous Chamberlen forceps came to the RCOG in 1957, a gift from the Royal Society of Medicine, and are displayed on the 1st floor of the College. These 16th-17th century instruments were used in secret by the Chamberlens for over a century before their application became widespread. Their discovery in 1813, in an attic trapdoor at the family’s old house, allowed people to finally see the original designs of what became a ubiquitous tool in obstetrics.


Visiting the Museum

We regret that the Museum is now closed to visitors and we cannot offer guided tours whilst we prepare for our relocation.

Please contact us at to be added to our mailing list, and we'll update you once our Museum service and tours are fully up and running at our new home at Union Street.


Art works

In addition to the medical artefacts, the College has a considerable collection of paintings and sculptures related to the field of women’s health care and well-being, the College’s history, and its leading figures. Many can be viewed on the Art UK project website.

Henry Simpson


Please note that the RCOG does not hold any material which falls under the Human Tissue Act.


Elsewhere on the site

History of the College
Find out how the RCOG was founded, and its subsequent development
What we do
Find out about the College’s current activities and scope of work