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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
+44 131 527 1711
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Another great place to visit in Edinburgh particularly if you have a interest in medicine, surgery... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
via mobile
Unexpected and enjoyable

I was not sure of what to expect, but it was highly enjoyable. WWW I and II medical gear, history... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Juliana K
Sao Paulo, SP
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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 5 days ago via mobile

Another great place to visit in Edinburgh particularly if you have a interest in medicine, surgery, health and the related. There is an entry fee charge but it's sure to pique your interest or perhaps not. However definitely worth a visit, I would recommend.

Thank SeunAk
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was not sure of what to expect, but it was highly enjoyable. WWW I and II medical gear, history, the doctor/professor who inspired Doyle's Sherlock, evolution of medicine throughout the centuries.

Thank Juliana K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Extensive collection of historical surgical equipment and specimens including lots of unusual conditions. Well worth a visit, especially if you're revising!

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a really interesting side museum we visited. We only stayed about 45 minutes but enjoyed the brief bit about Arthur Conan Doyle. We also found the Pathology museum to be fascinating and we were thankful for our good health after seeing it.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to look at and learn and worth admission price. Hard to leave without learning something. Interesting exhibits of body parts, skeletons and medical equipment.

Thank RobinWhippet
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has an amazing collection of plaster casts used in early medical education, and various pathological specimens dissected in jars, or even dried (?). Apart from the jars and pots on display, the museum also outlines the history development of surgery , as well...More

Thank Jean H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located in the same building as the Royal College of Surgeons. The grounds are well kept, lots of flowers. The exhibits cover the history of surgery in Scotland and the contributions made by their surgeons. The exhibits are well laid out with...More

Thank marco_polo2K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the huntarian museum in London before so we knew basically what to expect, some really interesting displays and enough gore and bits to keep us occupied for a few hours. Some of the information on the cards in the display cases could...More

Thank simon s
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've always been interested in medical stuff and pathology.It is really interesting to see how much the knowledge and technology in the medical field has developed,and how lucky one can be to live nowadays and be healthy.There is a sheer endless amount of diseases that...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

People said to allow 1hour,but you need at least 3 hours to take everything in.Really interesting stuff on different levels,and not at all boring like most museums after a while.There are cases with all sorts of actual medical exhibits and a few hands on things,like...More

Thank Lynn G
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