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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums is open to the public, 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505, with the Museums collections growing from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the Museum had expanded to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay. Initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit  our Surgeons' Hall Museums.


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Award Success for Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons’ Hall Museums were delighted to come away with two awards at the Museums + Heritage Awards this year. The Museums won the award for Permanent Exhibition and picked up the Highly Commended awa… read more >>

Exceptional & Extraordinary - Unruly Bodies and Minds in the Medical Museum

Surgeons' Hall Museums are delighted to be hosting the only Scottish date of Exceptional & Extraordinary - Unruly Minds in the Medical Museum on the 15th June 2016. Since humans first appeared on … read more >>

New Events for 2016

We are excited to be announcing our new events for 2016.  We are delighted to be hosting partnership talks with The Scottish Parliament, firstly with Christine Short on Elsie Inglis and the Scottish … read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

Exceptional and Extraordinary

Exceptional and Extraordinary. Since humans first appeared on Earth, no two have ever been the same. Yet somewhere along the way, certain bodies and minds came to be highly valued whilst others became viewed as problematic; as deviant and unruly, deficient and requiring adjustment towards a perceived idealised norm. Exceptional & Extraordinary is a series of thought-provoking new commissions – inspired by the collections of eight of the UK’s most renowned medical museums and produced out of unique collaborations between artists and experts in medical history, disability and museums – that examine our attitudes towards difference and aim to stimulate debate around the implications of a society that values some lives more than others.