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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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Online Talks Reprogrammed

Due to popular demand we have reprogrammed 2 of our online talks. "Death In The Arctic: Harry Goodsir and The Franklin Exoedition" and "Edinburgh Medical Detectives: The Return of Sherlock Holmes" are… read more >>

Body Voyager Opening This Summer!

We are delighted to announce our new Body Voyager Galleries will be opening this summer! The new galleries are the second phase of the museum re-development, with phase one being completed in 2015 whe… read more >>

COVID-19 Update 5/01/21

Due to the announcement from the Scottish Government regarding the new national lockdown in Scotland, the museum will remain closed. We will reopen in line with govenrment guidance. read more >>


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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

A Poisonous Method Part 2: Opium

A Poisonous Method Part 2: Opium. Opium was widely available in a range of medicines without prescription and accidental poisoning was common, making criminal intent difficult to prove. Commonly used in a great deal of infanticide cases, opium has a sad history. This session we will learn the affects and uses of opium and investigate the economic and social history surrounding infanticide cases. We will also examine a well-known case of murder by opium and the medical evidence that helped to convict the accused.

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