We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Surgeons' Hall Museums

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
Southside & Holyrood
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 527 1711
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Surgeons’ Hall Museums (SHM), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of...

Surgeons’ Hall Museums (SHM), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history and development of surgery. The collections include surgical instruments and artworks and one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world.

These specimens are displayed in the Wohl Pathology Museum, which is located within the iconic building designed by William Playfair in 1832.

All of the exhibits which have made SHM world-famous will be back on display: including a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer, William Burke; and exhibits relating to Dr Joseph Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s teacher and main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, the highlight of which is a letter from the author crediting his mentor as such.

The reopened SHM, whose transformation has been supported by a £2.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also feature even more interactive and display exhibits, which will help visitors from all around the world discover the stories and breakthroughs that have shaped modern surgical practice.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 697 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 398
    Excellent
  • 194
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Very Interesting

This museum is a little hard to find, but full of interesting facts. They have a large collection of artifacts and unknown stories about history. Enjoyable, larger than you might... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
_mdecoe
,
Vassar, Michigan
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

697 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 630: English reviews
Vassar, Michigan
Level Contributor
26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is a little hard to find, but full of interesting facts. They have a large collection of artifacts and unknown stories about history. Enjoyable, larger than you might anticipate. This is handicap accessible.

Helpful?
Thank _mdecoe
ATLANTIC BEACH
Level Contributor
155 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just visited this and I am not in the medical field. Truly amazing museum. Such history. Stories of gravediggers and body snatchers. Specimen jars not for the faint hearted. If you are in medicine then this is a must. Twill return. The negatives are no cloak room available even though the anatomy museum has locking cabinets with hooks. Also no... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nigel B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I attended this attraction with a group of veterans and was highly impressed with the museum, we were lucky enough to have a guided tour and the curator had a fantastic knowledge

Helpful?
Thank donald s
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit and well worth the £4 entrance fee as we were in for hours. Some of the exhibits are not for the faint hearted as they display a lot of body organs and surgery over the years, if your into this sort of thing its a must.

Helpful?
Thank Neville S
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
91 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of the most fascinating museums I've ever visited, and well worth the £6! I loved learning about the history of surgery, and how Edinburgh has had a large influence on medicine and surgery. I've got my cochlear implant surgery coming up in a couple of weeks, and considering it will be my first ever surgery, I was... More 

Helpful?
Thank shexbeaver
Limerick, Ireland
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to kill a few hours and didn't realise how fascinating it would be. The exhibits show all about the anatomy and how surgery has progressed through the years. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is squeamish in any way as there are thousands of varying body parts on show. There is also hallways of every body part... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank clodagh g
Biggar, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Hall as part of our break to Edinburgh. On excellent public transport links, as it is almost impossible to find an accessible parking space, which i require. The museum is full of many interesting displays. From the beginning of surgery to current techniques. Pros. Very good attraction Staff. Cons. The accessible toilet is not exactly accessible, as... More 

Helpful?
Thank schoolstloyal
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

'Interesting' would be the understatement of the century here. Our two children (11 & 13) were engrossed in all the specimens and there were a few interesting interactive displays for them (& us) to play on, too.

Helpful?
Thank FuzzyDolphin
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there with my dad (not sure why I wasn't presented with just "Family" as an option, my dad isn't a teenager, nor am I) and we spent quite awhile in the museum reading about disturbing surgery procedures and taking in the gory sights of what various tumors, injuries, physical manifestations of sickness would look like. For someone who... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ashley F
Preston, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mother said this best... it's the most interesting and horrifying museum we've been to and yet still enjoyed. There is a small entrance fee (£6 when we went), and its spread over a couple of floors (with lifts). There is an exhibition on surgery through the ages and an extensive collection of innards for you to wander through. If... More 

Helpful?
Thank Scifibooknut

Travellers who viewed Surgeons' Hall Museums also viewed

 

Been to Surgeons' Hall Museums? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Surgeons' Hall Museums and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Biggar, United Kingdom
21 days ago
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Surgeons' Hall Museums staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighbourhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
Explore this neighbourhood