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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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Tickets For Our Winter Events Programme On Sale Now!

Our Winter events programme is here! Next month our Library and Archive will be joined by award-winning writers Ambrose Parry, who will be discussing the inspiration behind their novels 'The Way of Al… read more >>

More Dates Added For Blood And Guts Walking Tours

Due to popular demand, we have extended the run of our 'Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History' walking tours.Originally scheduled to finish on the 20th of October, the t… read more >>

Surgeons' Hall Announce New Galleries!

Surgeons' Hall Museums are delighted to announce two brand new galleries which are set to open in the autumn of 2020. The new galleries are the second phase of the museum redevelopment, with phase on… read more >>


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James Syme's Amputation knives and saw
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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.

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