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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 Visitor Information

The museum reopened on the 15th of July.  We have a number of measures in place to ensure the museum is a safe and enjoyable space for visitors and staff. In order to keep our staff and visitors safe … read more >>

Museum Reopening

We are working towards reopening on 15th of July. At the moment this is a tentative date set by the Scottish Government and may be subject to change.We understand that people will be feeling anxious a… read more >>

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 d… 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.