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Surgeons' Hall Museums

We are open from 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Booking is not required to visit. If you are looking to bring a large group, please get in touch. 

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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Our Latest Events Programme has Launched

The nights are getting lighter which means it's time to launch our spring events programme! As our first series of lunch time talks were a fantastic success, we are delighted to announce our next seri… read more >>

New Temporary Exhibition Opening in April

Our new temporary exhibition "In Safe Hands: A Battle for Midwifery" will open on the 1st of April 2023. This exhibition explores the story of midwifery and obstetrics through the centuries. It explor… read more >>

We are now closed until the 4th of January

We are currently closed and will reopen on Wednesday the 4th of January at 10am. read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tour

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tour. Join Surgeons Hall Museums on their 5* walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town. We will take you through the highs and lows of Edinburgh’s world renowned medical history. Discover the intrigues, rivalries and dedication to the cause as our guide leads you through the sites where anatomists, surgeons and physicians worked, operated and squabbled in the quest for medical advancement. Drawn from the archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh you will hear little known accounts of iconic writers, chloroform tea parties, pioneering women, grave robbing and of course Britain’s first serial killers the infamous Burke and Hare.