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.

Surgeons' Hall Museums (SHM) is currently closed to the public as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Redevelopment Project. It will reopen on the 24th September 2015.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505, with the Museums' collections growing significantly from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the original museum expanded to include the remarkable collections of surgeon and anatomists, Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay.

Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, SHM's fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have been open to the public since 1832, making SHM among Scotland's oldest museums.The Wohl Pathology Museum is also home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014, the Museums underwent a major redevelopment called The Lister Project. The Lister Project was an initiative by RCSEd that focused on the College’s heritage and helped create a new and enhanced public space within the Museums to inform and share with the general public the historical journey of surgery and its advances.

The Museums also exhibit interpretation that inspires public engagement through interactive computer simulation, audience participation devices, filmic and user-friendly textual explanation and encourages them to think about health and wellbeing.

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Burke and Hare: Dissected

Historian John Baxter talks about the infamous duo, Burke and Hare.

Fri 27 Jan

The Future of Health

Dr Andrew Murray presents a talk on the future of healthcare.

History of Medicine Wikipedia Editathon

A chance to work with librarians, archivists and academics to learn about how Wikipedia helps develop digital literacy and academic writing skills.

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project

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