Surgeons' Hall Museums

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Surgeons' Hall Museums
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
  • Box office 0131 527 1711
  • General enquiries 0131 527 1711
  • Opening times Daily: 10am–5pm.
  • Admission £8 (£4.50)
  • Email
  • Website www.museum.rcsed.ac.uk
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Covid-19 precautions

In order to keep our staff and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced several safety measures.

Things you need to know before you visit:

You do not need to book to visit the museum

In line with advice from the Scottish Government, face masks are mandatory (unless medically exempt)

Please pay by card, preferably contactless where possible.

There are hand sanitising stations throughout the museums.

Increased cleaning of all touch points and toilets.

We will be asking visitors to leave contact details to assist with Test and Protect.

If you feel unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home.

We have been certified "Good to Go" by Visit Scotland. The Good to Go scheme recognises businesses that have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
Last updated: 5 January 2022

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Over the road from the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Surgeons' Hall Museums house one of the largest collections of surgical material in the UK. As well as permanent exhibitions concerning the history of surgery, dentistry and pathological anatomy, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions on the history of medicine.

The award-winning Surgeons' Hall Museums are open to the public seven days a week, 10am–5pm and are home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.

The 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 publicly 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.

Please check our website for up to date opening times and admissions, as they may be subject to change.

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Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History

A walking tour through Edinburgh's Old Town with a medical theme.

Sat 20 Aug

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

Sun 21 Aug

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

Sat 27 Aug

£13.50 (£10.50; Children £9.50) / 0131 527 1711

…and 19 more dates until 30 Oct

Forensic Art and Facial Reconstruction Workshop

Join forensic artist Karen Fleming for this hands-on facial reconstruction workshop Facial reconstruction is an interpretation of human remains in an attempt to depict the likeness of the deceased, using a combination of art and science techniques. For this in-person workshop, Fleming will teach you the process involved…

Sat 17 Sep

£18 / 01315271711

The Lister Project: An HLF Funded Holistic Heritage Project