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Surgeons' Hall Museums

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

The Museums are open this Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd 2016, 10am - 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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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 >>

Digital modelling of human skull from Culloden

As the 270th anniversary of the fateful Battle of Culloden approaches, archaeologists from conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland have joined with The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbu… read more >>

Hand Head Legs Torso

forthcoming talks, workshops and performances


Dissection. This event is now SOLD OUT. Join us at Surgeons' Hall Museums for this fantastic family workshop where children have the unique chance to dissect their own pig's heart and discover more about this incredible organ.