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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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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Edinburgh Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement.

Mon 8 May

Over-18s only

Free / 0131 527 1711

Surprising Targets for Harmful Air Pollution Particles

Good Vibrations – The Anatomy of Singing and Sound

Singer Allie Reid and Human Anatomy Conservator Cat Irving present this workshop in singing and vocal anatomy, which looks at how we use the body when singing. Booking is essential.

Sketching From A Life Model

Draw from a live model, in this session guided by artist Sara Beevers. Note that the event contains nudity.

Sat 17 Jun

This Won't Hurt A Bit!

Join us in the Historic surroundings of Surgeons' Hall History of Surgery Museum and meet the enigmatic and passionate opponent of pain Sir James Young Simpson. This Won’t Hurt A Bit! explores the genius of the Scottish Obstetrician who single handedly delivered us from suffering with his pioneering and unorthodox…

Fri 19 May

9 (7) / 0131 527 1711

Part of Festival of Museums.

Sat 20 May

9 (7) / 0131 527 1711

Part of Festival of Museums.

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project

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