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Surgeons' Hall Museums

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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We're still open!

Following the announcement made by the Scottish Government on the 7th of October we would like to confirm that we are still open.We will be open as 7 days a week, from 10am-5pm as usual. Things you ne… read more >>

Free Online Workshops For Schools

We understand taking your class on trips may not be possible right now. Therefore, the Learning Team at Surgeons’ Hall Museums are pleased to offer a free live online version of their History of Medic… read more >>

Our Events Programme is Back!

It's been a while, but we are excited to announce the return of our events programme. We're taking our events online. We've got online workshops, a new course from our Human Remains Conservator, and o… read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

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. Every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm! Join Surgeons Hall Museums on their 5* walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town. We will take you through the highs and lows of Edinburgh’s world renowned medical history. Discover the intrigues, rivalries and dedication to the cause as our guide leads you through the sites where anatomists, surgeons and physicians worked, operated and squabbled in the quest for medical advancement. Drawn from the archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh you will hear little known accounts of iconic writers, chloroform tea parties, pioneering women, grave robbing and of course Britain’s first serial killers the infamous Burke and Hare.