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Surgeons' Hall Museums

The award winning Museums are open to the public, 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm and are home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.


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Spring Events Programme Launching Soon

We are putting the final touches to our Spring Events Programme which we will be launching at the end of the month.To keep up to date with our events you can join our mailing list here. All those subs… read more >>

Archive Collections Available to View Online

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Library and Archives have launched a new Digital Collections Website.  Rare manuscripts and photographic collections are now available to view online for t… read more >>

New Temporary Exhibition Coming Soon

‘Field Notes: Reflections on Camp Life at the Scottish Women’s Hospitals’'Sketch of nurses outside temporary hut' by Susie Wilson Surgeons’ Hall Museums new temporary exhibition ‘Field Notes: Reflect… read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

The Poor and the Dead: The Legacy of Burke and Hare

The Poor and the Dead: The Legacy of Burke and Hare. The second addition to our 2019 #SpeakToTheSpecialist series. #SpeakToTheSpecialist. is a series of intimate talks delivered by specialists that work behind the scenes at Surgeons Hall Museums. The story of Burke and Hare and the murders they committed in the streets of Edinburgh is well known, but what came after? Join the museums Human Remains conservator Cat Irving, on the anniversary of William Burke’s hanging, to discover how their crimes led to the Anatomy Act of 1832, and changed the way medicine was taught in Britain.