Open House Festival

King's College London: Museum of Life Sciences


Unknown, 1826

Hodgkin Building, Guy' Campus, King's College London, SE1 1UL

This rarely opened space began as a medical school library in 1902 as part of Guy's Hospital Medical School. It then became a more general bioscience library, part of which iin 2009 the Museum of Life Sciences. Building of red brick with additional stonework and partially covered in creeper. Internally are carved oak cabinets and ornate columns.

Getting there


London Bridge


London Bridge


21, 35, 133, 343

Additional travel info

The route to the Museum of Life Sciences from Great Maze Pond near the entrance to Guy's Hosptital will be sign posted.



Accessibility notes

Toilets are available on site, but not in the Museum.

What you can expect

The Museum is a quiet, generally cool, area with available seating. A restaurant is available on campus in the Science Gallery.



This rarely open 'small gem in the heart of London' was created in 2009 in in part of the Will's Library of Guy's Hospital Medical School. The library was created in 1902 and housed in Hodkin Building of the medical school, itself built in 1826.

The specimens in the Museum date from 1806 to the present and come from around the world. They were collected for research and teaching and are still used for those purposes. They represent much of the present college's scientific heritage and include specimens of scientific and historical importance.


The Museum consists of a number of collections including Botanical, Pharmaceutical and Zoological material as well as an historic comparative dental collection originally used for teaching dentists in the 1800s. There is also a display celebrating the role of Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Specimens include whole organisms, dried specimens, fluid preserved material, skeletal material, taxidermy, microscope slides, herbarium specimens and artefacts. These are used for teaching inhouse, in workshops for schools and other groups of young people as well as in outreach to the wider public through Open Days and occasional exhibitions.

Many people past and present have been important in the Museum; in its inception, development and current state and use. These will be highlighted together with the ongoing and future work of the museum

We hope that there will also be the opportunity to meet and talk to some of those who are currently involved in the work of the Museum.

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