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 £6.50 (£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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A Cabaret of Pestilence

This multi-disciplinary showcase event is the culmination of the Heritage Lottery Funded project Soutra: Surgery & Superstition. The project is inspired by local history related to Soutra, the Scottish medieval monastic hospital, early surgery, medieval communities and superstition in Scotland.

Fri 27 Oct

£9 (£6.50) / 0131 527 1711

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sat 28 Oct

£9 (£6.50) / 0131 527 1711

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sun 29 Oct

£9 (£6.50) / 0131 527 1711

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Digging into the Mysteries of Soutra with Dr Brian Moffat

Archaeologist Dr Moffat discusses the findings of his excavation at Soutra Aisle during the 1980s.

Thu 19 Oct

£2 / 0131 527 1711

Soutra: Surgery and Superstition.

Medieval Elixirs

Discover some of the weird and wonderful cures/remedies that were available from a medieval apothecary. Have a go at preparing a poultice, make a scented bag to ward off the plague and create your own marvellous medieval elixir (or potion) to take home. NB for parents: no herbs will be consumed during the workshop but…

Tue 17 Oct

£4 / 0131 527 1711

Soutra: Surgery and Superstition.

Wed 18 Oct

£4 / 0131 527 1711

Soutra: Surgery and Superstition.

Soutra: Surgery and Superstition

Five events examining medieval medicine, featuring workshops and storytelling sessions.

Tue 17 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 527 1711

Wed 18 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 527 1711

Thu 19 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 527 1711

…and 3 more dates until 29 Oct

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project

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