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Surgeons' Hall Museums

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Address: Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
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+44 131 527 1711
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Surgeons' Hall Museums is an award winning Museum that is home to one of...

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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Excellent museum

Impressed by the amount of exhibits and information on display for the curious. Excellent value for money and well worth a visit if you're interested in anatomy and surgery. I... read more

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Impressed by the amount of exhibits and information on display for the curious. Excellent value for money and well worth a visit if you're interested in anatomy and surgery. I spent a few hours here and easily could of spent longer.

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a very interesting look at human anatomy. The exhibits are full of countless human body parts (often with various conditions or injuries). Definitely not for the squeamish..

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9 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very good place to visit, worth the money definitely. Enjoyed the quick tour from Paul. Interesting to see the body parts so well preserved and very informative and educational. Really get a feel of medicine through time. Interactive and engaging. Took us 2hrs in total to cover the museum.

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Thank Hebe D
Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fascinating stuff. We were there for many hours. Fortunately they have a lovely cafe too. Exhibits might not be everyone's cup of tea, maybe not got the faint hearted, but we loved it. Also, if you are employed by the NHS you can get in for concession price of £4.

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Mintlaw, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good place to visit but not if you have a weak stomach! Lots of body parts on display, including diseases and 'interesting' injuries

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Thank huskywoo
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our host recommended the Surgeons' Hall Museum, otherwise we probably wouldn't have visited the place. Which would have been a shame. It's wonderful exhibition, well explained. You get the big picture, you get interesting details. We stayed for more than two hours - it felt much shorter than that.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're into the history of science/medicine then this a must see place. Packed with a large display of specimens and a history of medical development it truly makes for an interesting visit. It won't be for everyone, but it is brilliantly laid out with a number of interactive screens and cheap entry.

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Thank Andy R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is wonderful if a little unusual. Be prepared to see all sorts, perhaps not for the squeamish. It is absolutely fascinating, and not just for those with an interest in medicine. I struggle to see how anybody could fail to be interested. The admission price is cheap and it's an opportunity to see some very unusual things. Go... More 

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Central Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is of some interest to physicians. The museum is of historical value, but I would not devote too much time there.

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Truly one of the most amazing museums anywhere with an exhaustive collection of human parts and related conditions. It is actually a center for human medical research, but also an educational experience, very unique. Recommend!

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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.
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