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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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latest news

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 >>

Surgical Skills Simulator donated to Museums

Chris Henry, Director of Heritage at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, met with Simon Humphrey-Adam, Commercial Director of EO Surgical and Hannah O’Donnell, Operations Manager today to receive a donation of a … read more >>

The Art of Modelling in Plaster

The Archive, Library and Museums are delighted to be welcoming Marieke Hendriksen, a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands to the College this Autumn. Marieke will be joining… read more >>

object of the month

Pocketbook made from Burke's skin
Pocketbook made from Burke's skin Find out more >>
Hand Head Legs Torso

forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

Burke and Hare - Dissected

Burke and Hare - Dissected . Join John Baxter, one of Scotland’s leading historians on the Burke and Hare murders, as he discusses the chilling story of the Edinburgh duo and how their actions impacted on British medical history.