Surgeons' Hall Museums
In order to keep our staff and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced several safety measures.
Things you need to know before you visit:
You do not need to book to visit the museum
In line with advice from the Scottish Government, face masks are mandatory (unless medically exempt)
Please pay by card, preferably contactless where possible.
There are hand sanitising stations throughout the museums.
Increased cleaning of all touch points and toilets.
We will be asking visitors to leave contact details to assist with Test and Protect.
If you feel unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home.
We have been certified "Good to Go" by Visit Scotland. The Good to Go scheme recognises businesses that have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
Last updated: 5 January 2022
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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Events at this venue
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Anatomy and Art- art workshop
This half-day drawing course looks to complement our current temporary exhibition: A Model Education. The course is suitable for those with a range of artistic abilities and/or knowledge of human anatomy. Ideal for science inspired artists, those looking to progress into healthcare education; aspiring medics, dentists and…
Fri 4 Mar
£16 Adult (£14 Students, 60+, NHS staff, JSA) / 01315271711
- 10:00 – 14:00
Dr. Knox: more than the boy that bought the beef
Most people’s opinion of Robert Knox is entirely one-dimensional, superficial and prejudiced by the standard narrative of the Burke and Hare affair. Knox was vilified in the press yet the 10 or so private anatomy schools that flourished around Edinburgh University, had they been approached, would not have turned Burke and…
Thu 27 Jan
£3 / 0131 527 1711
An exploration of syphilis
The Great Pox was rarely talked about in the nineteenth century but its effects were everywhere. Primarily sexually transmitted, it’s devastating effects could last a lifetime, leading to the saying “One night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury”. Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will show specimens from Surgeons…
Mon 14 Feb
£3 / 01315271711
The Gaelic-speaking physicians and scholars of late medieval Europe
In the 14th to 16th centuries, medical texts written in Latin were translated into the major vernacular languages of Europe. Somewhat surprisingly, Gaelic was one of the key languages involved in this movement. This talk follows the activities of Gaelic doctors and translators as they travel between Scotland and Ireland…
Thu 24 Mar
£3 / 01315271511
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 the mammalian heart. Using a pig heart, participants will dissect out the path of the blood revealing the chambers and their associated…
Thu 17 Feb
£13.50 Adult (£10.50 Students, 60+, NHS staff, JSA) / 0131 527 1711