RCM Museum entry

21 May 2024 - 31 August 2024

RCM Museum


Two people in the RCM Museum next to instruments, looking up at the artwork

21 May 2024 - 31 August 2024

RCM Museum


The Royal College of Music Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday and our friendly team welcomes visitors to explore our unique collection of instruments, artworks and manuscripts.

Book your ticket online or just turn up on the day.*

The Royal College of Music Museum contains the earliest known guitar, the earliest stringed keyboard instrument and the most recognised portraits of Joseph Haydn and Farinelli. Learn about these and 56 other fascinating instruments specially chosen from the RCM’s designated collection of over 14,000 items.

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Alongside our standard displays our current special exhibition is:

Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia
18 June 2024 – 20 October 2024

Explore the role of women in music, poetry, Mughal miniatures and films associated with Sufism. This exhibition brings to life the often-overlooked stories of women’s roles in the male-dominated musical landscape of Sufism. Illuminating their invaluable contributions through a display of items drawn from collections across the world, the exhibition reveals some of the voices, performances and instruments of Sufi women in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh from the Mughal period to present-day London.

Following a £3.6 million investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Royal College of Music Museum has undergone a complete redevelopment. Our Museum is accessible to visitors with limited mobility. You can read more about access in the RCM Museum here

*Please note: you are welcome to visit at any time during our opening hours even though there is a notional start time as part of the booking process. Ticket holders will be prioritised in the event that we are at capacity. If there are 10 or more people in your group, please contact the Museum team at museum.info@rcm.ac.uk to arrange your visit.

Plan your visit

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS

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   South Kensington: 0.5 miles
   Gloucester Road: 0.6 miles
   High Street Kensington: 0.8 miles

   Paddington: 1.5 miles
   Victoria: 2 miles

   Santander Cycles docking station and public cycle locking facilities adjacent to RCM

The RCM provides light refreshments throughout the year. There is also a range of restaurants, cafés and other establishments nearby, most adjacent to South Kensington station.

RCM Café

The RCM Café serves barista-style coffees, sandwiches, snacks, salads and hot food. There is also access to outside seating in our new 1851 courtyard.

Opening hours: 

Monday-Friday: 8.30am-4.30pm

Saturday: 8.30am-4.30pm (term time only)

The main entrance to the RCM has eight steps up from the pavement and two inside the main doors. A lift is available for visitors with limited mobility. The lift is built into the smaller staircase to the left of the main entrance steps. There is an intercom button on the control panel, which can be seen and reached easily from the street. On arrival, press the buzzer to notify a member of RCM staff, who will come out to meet you and operate the lift for you.

All our event venues can be accessed by visitors with limited mobility via the lift at the main entrance.

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