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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
+44 131 527 1711
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Something a bit different :-)

Both my partner and I are health professionals. Found this to be fascinating and certainly worth... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Good value and quality

Spent a few days in Edinburgh and wanted to do something other than the castle and bus tours, so... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah A
Norwich, United Kingdom
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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

Both my partner and I are health professionals. Found this to be fascinating and certainly worth going to. Lots of models and specimens to look at.

Thank Angnfel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent a few days in Edinburgh and wanted to do something other than the castle and bus tours, so decided upon this! Found it to be great value for money with two student tickets and an adult ticket. Reception staff were very helpful and pleasant....More

Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not for the faint hearted, if body parts interest you and how they work then this is the place for you, pickled skulls, eye balls and the instruments they used in the past to cut up bodies, educational for the next Quincy.

Thank amuir143
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was an interesting find although not suitable for younger children. Grave robbing, the history of surgery in Edinburgh and the advancement of medical science. Lots of equipment and information of procedures in lay man's terms. There are cadavers / body parts on display. Interesting...More

Thank Alighttomyfeet
Reviewed 4 days ago

Small well laid out museum to the Royal Cleelge of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Fascinating exhibits well set out with plenty of information.

Thank Clarky57
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are both in the medical world so of course we had to come here. The history of surgery from Galen to modern day is imparted with ease. Fascinating look at instruments (not much has changed really) and techniques, anaesthesia and dentistry. And if you...More

Thank Sarah Z
Reviewed 6 days ago

We recently visited as a family, really interesting and well worth a visit. Perhaps not so much for anyone with a delicate disposition!

Thank Nicola Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved my visit here. Working in healthcare and specifically in the Perioperative realm, this visit was truly gratifying and worth the time. So much of our surgical and dental history takes place in a very easy and understanding manner as things are explained and...More

Thank Randall K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with my husband. I am a physician and he is not so I was concerned that he would not appreciate it as much as I did. Oddly, he was the one who wanted to stay longer and read more of the information than I...More

Thank Mary N
Reviewed 1 week ago

A brilliant visit into the world of the body and all that science has learned from it, with a few floors full of different things in relation to the body, dentistry, visual diseases/injuries, to autopsy a visit to here will make you pleased that you...More

Thank Morven_30
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
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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