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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.

Surgeons’ Hall 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.

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The Collection
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Essential Visitor Information for Friday the 3rd of May 2024

Our lift will be undergoing some essential maintenance work on Friday the 3rd of May and as a result all levels of the museum will only be accessible by stairs.We apologise for any inconvenience this … read more >>

Our spring events programme has launched!

We have a fantastic range of events lined up for the next few months. We are very excited to be hosting another Evening with Surgeons' Hall, which will have a variety of new hands on activities. Also … read more >>

New temporary exhibition opening Easter weekend

Our new temproary exhibition "Examining the Eye: Medicine's Oldest Specialty" will open on the 29th of March.  Explore our latest exhibition which examines the history of medicine’s oldest specialty, … read more >>