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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
+44 131 527 1711
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A must see for anyone with an interest in anything medical

A huge array of medical specimens. You could spend hours here. Not suitable for younger children... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting and good for a quick visit.

Very good for a quick visit, and perhaps quite useful for anyone wanting to practice drawing with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Surgeons' Hall Museums is an award winning Museum that is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom. Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopened in 2015 after a major £4.4 million Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project. As one of the oldest Museums in Scotland, the collections grew from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the Museums expanded to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay, with the Playfair Building opening in 1832 to house these. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit. The Museums are currently home to an extensive collection of pathology, anatomy and medical ephemera.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 527 1711
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A huge array of medical specimens. You could spend hours here. Not suitable for younger children I'd say though, even there were some there. Some of the exhibits may upset some younger viewers!

Thank joe44442014
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very good for a quick visit, and perhaps quite useful for anyone wanting to practice drawing with some very interesting references. Mostly the exhibitions are of preserved body parts, with a large portion showing diseased or otherwise unhealthy pathology. You could spend hours in the...More

Thank VeganE96
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum is not for the faint of heart. Many exhibits are human internal organs - some in good shape, some after being attacked by horrible diseases. We found it fascinating and very well organized. There are hands-on activities as well as humorous moments. It...More

Thank Hanan R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great museum a little gory but thats what you would expect but very imformative. Great helpful staff and easy to navigate

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pretty gruesome place, but if you have a strong stomach, absolutely fascinating. I hadn't realised how many eminent medical people had started their discoveries/experiments in Edinburgh.

Thank Ukangelique
Reviewed 1 week ago

not enough information basically it was just rooms filled with specimens and unless u are in the medical profession or studying for it it is not worth seeing

Thank H2777VSpaulc
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Surgeon's Hall is a fantastic opportunity to see the human body and its many ailments. I stayed for about 3 hours and even then I omitted parts of the exhibition. There are lots and lots of items to see and read about,...More

Thank muffedille
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this Museum on two occasions and do not find it particularly interesting. Having once got brief access to St Andrews University when my daughter was a medical student, I found it fascinating and perhaps this spoilt me. Surgeons Hall tends to be...More

Thank alexaX6404JD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing place to visit, a little of the beaten track but so worth a visit. The history of surgery was fasinating and the anatomy specimens were so interesting. A lovely cafe to have lunch or cream tea adjacent to building.

Thank bytesize
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a salute to the contributions of scottish surgeons and pathologists to science, treatment, care and wellfare. Beautifull display. Modern housing. Very complete collection. It was a pleasure and an honour to visit this place.

Thank BocuseAmersfoort
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28 December 2016|
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Response from SHMEdinburgh | Property representative |
Disabled visitors are charged at concessionary rates of £4 and carers get complimentary tickets when ID is produced upon arrival
5 September 2016|
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Response from SHMEdinburgh | Property representative |
The nearest allocated disabled parking bays are on Howden Street, which is 6 minutes from the Museum. There is parking on Richmond Place which is the street behind the Museum, but it is pay and display. Spaces for this are... More
12 October 2015|
Response from SHMEdinburgh | Property representative |
Admission for Adults - £6; Concessionary Rates - £3.50. NHS staff are offered concessionary rates with a valid ID. Thanks