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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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COVID-19 Update 18/03/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will be closing Surgeons' Hall Museums at the end of operating hours today (Wednesday the 18th of March) until further notice.  Due to the current pandemic RCSED has de… read more >>

Our Spring 2020 Events Have Launched!

We are excited to announce Surgeons' Hall Museums Spring Events Programme. We have several events lined up to take us through to the summer months. The Spring Events Programme will consisit of: Inter… read more >>

New temporary exhibition to open on the 4th of April.

Our new exhibition, "A Model Education", will explore the teaching of anatomy throughout the centuries. By examining the collections of six historic anatomical institutions across the UK, including ou… read more >>


object of the month

Catgut Surgical Ligature
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Hand Head Legs Torso

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.

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