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.
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