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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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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 >>

Our 2021 Winter Events Programme Has Launched!

As 2020 finally draws to a close, we have started looking forward to 2021. While we still can't hold live events in the museum we can continue on with our online events.  To kickstart 2021 we have a 3… read more >>

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Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History Walking Tour

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History Walking Tour. A whole host of poisons were readily available and accessible to the public in 19th century Scotland. Murder by poison became an increasing worry for authorities and the medical community. Part One: Arsenic Arsenic was once the most popular choice for the would-be poisoner. It was also one of the most difficult to prosecute and prove. So much so, that the Government introduced the Arsenic Act of 1851 to place restrictions on the purchase of arsenic.