Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
  • Box office 0131 527 1711
  • General enquiries 0131 527 1711
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–5pm.
  • Seasonal times Closes at 3pm on the 24th of December 2020 and reopens at 10am on the 5th of January 2021
  • Admission £7.50 (£4).
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Over the road from the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Surgeons' Hall Museums house one of the largest collections of surgical material in the UK. As well as permanent exhibitions concerning the history of surgery, dentistry and pathological anatomy, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions on the history of medicine.

The award-winning Surgeons' Hall Museums are open to the public seven days a week, 10am–5pm and are home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.

The Museums reopened in 2015 after a major £4.4 million Heritage Lottery-funded redevelopment project. As one of the oldest museums in Scotland, the collections grew from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publicly sought, with the Playfair building opening in 1832 to house the Barclay and Bell collections. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit.

Please check our website for up to date opening times and admissions, as they may be subject to change.

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Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History

A walking tour through Edinburgh's Old Town with a medical theme.

Sat 25 Jan

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

Sun 26 Jan

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

Sat 1 Feb

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

…and 9 more dates until 1 Mar

Close Encounters with Cool Creatures

Get up close and personal with a variety of animals and learn interesting facts about them.

Wed 12 Feb

£6.50–£9.50 (£6.50) / 0131 527 1711

£9.50 (£6.50) / 0131 527 1711

A Design For Life

Exhibition on the history of comparative anatomy.

Tue 21 Jan

£8 (£4.50) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 22 Jan

£8 (£4.50) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 23 Jan

£8 (£4.50) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 59 more dates until 22 Mar

Edinburgh's Medical Detectives- The Return of Sherlock Holmes

‘I had no idea that such individuals did exist out of stories’. Dr Watson ‘A Study in Scarlet’ Our Curator returns to further investigate Edinburgh’s 19th century ‘medical detectives’ and their influence on Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. Delve into many of the real crimes and…

Thu 20 Feb

£3 / 0131 527 1711

The Puzzle of Blackening Lungs in Victorian Britain

When physicians began carrying out regular autopsies in the 18th century, they noticed that the lungs of young people were pink but, the older the people got the blacker the lungs became. The mystery rumbled on for years and by the 19th century all sorts of explanations had emerged, but what was the real cause? The…

Tue 21 Jan

£3 / 0131 527 1711

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project

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