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The Collections

The specimens are currently arranged into a number of distinct collections.

Zoological specimen - Kiwi

Zoological Collection

This eclectic collection covers the whole taxonomic range of the animal kingdom and shows a variety of methods of preservation and display of the specimens.


Botanical Collection

Although relatively small, the Botanical Collection has representatives from all the major groups of plants and algae. Herbarium specimens include collections of British wild flowers and algae from the USA.


Pharmaceutical Collection

This comprises over 1000 pressed plants as well as dried and fluid preserved plant specimens, many with medicinal properties. There is a small collection of Pharmacy artefacts.


Microscope Slide Collection

The many microscope slides include histological preparations and whole organisms of biological specimens from all animal taxa and many plant taxa.


Craniofacial Skeletal Collection

This part of the Museum collection is housed in the Dental Institute. It comprises a comprehensive range of specimens illustrating the evolution and adaptation of vertebrate skulls, jaws and teeth.

Contact the Museum

The Museum is open to members of the college and their invited guests during the opening hours of the Gordon Museum. We regret that the Museum is not currently accesible to the public, but we do plan to open to the public in future when funding allows. Visits by academically-related non-members of the College can be arranged with the Curator. The Museum is situated in the Hodgkin Building, on the Guy’s Site of King’s College. It is close to London Bridge underground and mainline stations and is well served by buses. Access is via the Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building unless by prior agreement when non-step access direct from the Memorial Garden in the centre of the site can be arranged.

Museum of Life Sciences, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus, London SE1 1UL