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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums is now 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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HRH Prince Philip Opens Surgeons' Hall Museums

On Monday 28 September, HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, visited the College to formally open Surgeons’ Hall Museums and the Prince Philip Bui… read more >>

Joseph Merrick: Event Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to circumstances out of our control. The Museums, Felicity Mehendale and Tony Watson are extremely disappointed that we have had to cancel this event… read more >>

Late Opening

Surgeons' Hall Museums will be open at the slightly later time of 1pm on Monday 28th September. We apologise for any inconvenience read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

The Health of the City of Edinburgh: 1865, 2015 and 2165

The Health of the City of Edinburgh: 1865, 2015 and 2165. How did the City of Edinburgh progress from its Auld Reekie (meaning dirty and smelly) status to being a beacon of medical sciences, with its citizens being amongst the healthiest in Scotland? What are the lessons from this experience that we can export to other cities and utilise to make Edinburgh an even healthier place? This symposium is a celebration of public health that marks the 150th anniversary of the landmark first report of the first medical officer of health of Edinburgh – Sir Henry Littlejohn. Join us from 4pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday 21 October 2015 to find out more!