Surgeons' Hall Museums
The award winning Museums are open to the public, 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm and are 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, with the Playfair Building opening in 1832 to house the Barclay and Bell collections. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit.
Museum, Heritage site
7 days a week 10am-5pm.
£6.50 Adults. £4 Concessions.
- International Council of Museums
- Museums Association
Toilets - There are toilets in the basement. All toilets are fully accessible.
Restaurants and cafés - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is home to Café 1505 and the Ten Hill Place Hotel & Wine Bar.
Baby Changing - Baby changing facilities are in the basement floor.
The museums contain objects in 9 main categories: anatomical and pathological specimens; casts and models; histological preparations; furniture; paintings and other works of art; photographic prints and slides; voice, video and other recordings; surgical and other instruments; and miscellaneous items.
Medicine, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Charles Bell
- Joseph Lister
- Robert Liston
- Robert Knox
- Burke and Hare
- James Young Simpson
- William Playfair
- William Henry Playfair
Heart, Coeur, Corazon
- 1 April 2017 — 31 March 2018 *on now
Throughout history, and across every culture, the heart has been portrayed in a huge variety of ways. This exhibition explores the rich cultural significance and the anatomy of the heart. By using our collection, we can highlight what happens when something goes wrong and how medical interventions can be used to repair it.
- Any age
Included in regular Museum admission charges
Good Vibrations - The Anatomy of Singing and Sound
- 15 July 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
Join Classical Singer Ailie Reid and Surgeons’ Hall Museums Human Anatomy Conservator, Cat Irving for this unique singing and vocal anatomy workshop.
This workshop will use classical singing techniques and the Museums' anatomy collection to examine how we use the body when singing.
£13 - Adults. £10 - Conc.
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
18 Nicolson Street
0131 527 1711