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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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Nicolson Street Incident 26th January 2015

There has been an incident of falling masonry on Nicolson Street this morning, and as such the Nicolson Street entrance to the Museums is closed. Those wishing to visit the Museums can do so by going … read more >>

Museum Christmas Closure

Surgeons' Hall Museums will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from 5pm on the 23rd December to the 4th of January.The Museums will reopen in 2016 at 10am on the 5th January. read more >>

Be Healthwise This Winter

NHS 24 launched their winter health campaign today (26 November 2015) with Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and John McAnaw, NHS 24’s Head of Pharmacy at RCSEd's Surgeons'… read more >>

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forthcoming talks, workshops and performances

Edinburgh History of Medicine Group talks 2nd March - 17th April

Edinburgh History of Medicine Group talks 2nd March - 17th April. The next four Edinburgh History of Medicine Group talks take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The talks are "Fragments from an Eighteenth-Century Family Scandal", "The Bloody Fields of Waterloo: Medical Support for Wellington’s Greatest Victory", "‘Inadmissable and Cruel’: Fear and Risk in Britain’s Post-War Fluoride Debate" and "Knowing and Selling Exotic Drugs in Paris c.1700"