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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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A Five Star Operation

We are delighted to announce that Surgeons' Hall Museums, has been upgraded to a five star visitor attraction by the national tourism body, Visit Scotland. The Museums, which originally opened in 1832… read more >>

Museum Events for 2017

Surgeons' Hall Museums are delighted to announce their latest calendar of museum events for 2017. In the first half of the year we are hosting expert talks from Dr Andrew Murray, Professor Steve Sturd… read more >>

Museum Christmas Closure

Surgeons' Hall Museums will close for the Christmas break at 3pm on Friday 23rd December.The Museums will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 4th January 2017. read more >>

object of the month

Watercolour showing the effects of a myocardial infarction
Watercolour showing the effects of a myocardial infarction Find out more >>
Hand Head Legs Torso

forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

New Clear Vision: Puppetry & Anatomy Workshop

New Clear Vision: Puppetry & Anatomy Workshop. Join Smoking Apples Theatre Company at Surgeons' Hall Museums for a Puppetry and Anatomy Workshop in celebration of International Women’s Day. In this practical workshop you will explore the themes of Smoking Apples new show new show and will have the chance to learn the basics of puppetry, using full size, bunraku-style puppets that work in the same way as the human body.