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
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–5pm.
  • Admission £7.50 (£4).
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  • Website www.museum.rcsed.ac.uk
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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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Adventures in Anatomy Part 2: Reproductive Organs

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving for our new 3 part talk series Adventures in Anatomy. Adventures in Anatomy Part 2: Reproductive Organs is the second talk in the series which will explore different parts of the body, looking at the way our understanding of them has changed through…

Thu 17 Oct

£3 / 0131 527 1711

Adventures In Anatomy Part 3: Skin

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, for our new 3 part talk series Adventures in Anatomy. Adventures in Anatomy part 3: Skin is the third talk in the series which will explore different parts of the body, looking at the way our understanding of them has changed through time, and the part…

Thu 21 Nov

£3 / 0131 527 1711

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 19 Oct

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

Your guide will meet you at the entrance to Surgeons Hall Museums (in front of the hand sculpture).

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

Sun 20 Oct

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

Your guide will meet you at the entrance to Surgeons Hall Museums (in front of the hand sculpture).

Sat 26 Oct

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

…and 7 more dates until 14 Dec

A Design For Life

Exhibition on the history of comparative anatomy.

Tue 15 Oct

£7.50 (£4) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 16 Oct

£7.50 (£4) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 17 Oct

£7.50 (£4) / 0131 527 1711

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 165 more dates until 31 Mar 2020

Heart Dissection- Adult Workshop

In celebration of Museums at Night 2019, Surgeons' Hall Museums are delighted to bring back our Heart Dissection workshop for adults. This workshop is open to all over 18, and you don't need prior knowledge of medicine to try your hand at dissection. This workshop takes a hands-on look at the structure and function of…

Thu 31 Oct

£13.50 Adult (£4) / 0131 527 1711

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Investigating Microscopes: Following in Lister's Footsteps

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums for this drop-in session looking at microscopes. Focus in on the microscopic world of cells. Come along between 1pm and 4pm and try out a range of activities, including preparing slides of plant and human cells to view under a microscope. This is not a ticketed event and the session is…

Tue 22 Oct

£7.50 Included in museum admission (£4 Included in museum admission) / 0131 527 1711

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Re-start A Heart Day- CPR Drop-in Sessions

Join Edinbrugh University Dental Institute at Surgeons' Hall Museums on #WorldRestartAHeart day for thesse CPR drop-in sessions. The aim of these sessions is to show that anyone can save a life, so all ages are welcome to come along and learn the crucial skill of CPR. This event is not ticketed and is included in the…

Wed 16 Oct

£7.50 Included in museum admission (£4 Included in museum admission) / 0131 527 1711

  • 11:00 – 16:00

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project

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