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Surgeons' Hall

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 527 1600
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Ranked #33 of 199 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Surgeons' Hall houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World. Developed as a teaching museum for students... more » Owner description: Surgeons' Hall houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World. Developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, its fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have also been open to the public since 1832, making it Scotland's oldest museum. The History of Surgery Museum traces the story of surgery in Scotland from 1505 to the present day through objects, images and artworks. The Pathology Museum is the oldest purpose-built museum that still houses its original collection in Scotland. The Dental Museum incorporates the outstanding object and art collection of Menzies Campbell, and is one of the top dentistry collections in Britain. In 2012 the Museum was host to the exhibition "Watching on the Heights: The Life and Work of Joseph Lister" and the "60 Years of Surgery" exhibition launched for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 2013, Surgeons' Hall Museum hosted a new exhibition, entitled "Women in Warfare", which was launched to coincide with the "Women in Warfare: From Troy to the Trenches". This exhibition ran until December 2013. Currently the Museum is open from 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week The Museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18th May 2014 - Summer 2015. « less
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Antwerp, Belgium
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I'm not even a Medicine student (I study Psychology) but this was very interesting nonetheless, so I definitely recommend a visit. You can also find out some interesting historical facts, like the Burke & Hare murders, or Arthur Conan Doyle's inspirations. There are a few things you can try out yourself, like tying a knot in a ribbon with two... More

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Humbie,Scotland
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32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Once you find your way in - you are treated to a fascinating collection of medical and surgical exhibits spanning 400 years or so. Some of the displays are definitely not for the faint hearted - the time to amputate a leg without anaesthetic for a skilled surgeon at 1 minute 15 seconds fully described in pictures, or the tanned... More

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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
33 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

However busy you are on your trip to Edinburgh you must find time for a visit to the fascinating Surgeons' Hall Museums. So many interesting exhibits, not all of them for the faint-hearted, but so much information and history. Highly recommended whether or not you are medical. If you do work in the NHS make sure to bring your ID... More

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Sheffield
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I thought this would be more than it was. I expected medical bits in jars but not quite so many medical bits in jars. There were some interesting bits - for example linking Conan Doyle to the place but it was a bit samey samey throughout. There were some interactive exhibitions but these seemed to be mainly lectures by eminent... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If your interested I the medical history of the past, this is a must for you. Some may find it a bit scary but we thought it was an excellent story of past practices. Some very clever people portrayed here.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I was expecting this to be fascinating but it was boring with all the worst excesses of a museum present. Rows and rows of the same thing with little attempt made to put them in any sort of order, exhibits with little real explanation, and pictures of 'famous' Edinburgh surgeons. How nice it would have been if there had been... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

What an excellent value for money little treasure. Its a bit of a treasure hunt to find your way to it but well worth the effort. It's huge inside and you could easily spend a day there looking at all the exhibits, they even let you go out and come back on your ticket so you could go and get... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This museum really is incredible. The premises is small, but it fit's in some of the most fascinating specimens and documents in such thoroughness, the history of surgery and medicine. At £5 entry, its a very reasonable price for what you get to experience! It really needs a few hours devoted to it, there's so much to see and read... More

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Forres, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This museum is a treasure which is hidden away in Surgeon's Hall, but it is worth climbing the stairs to find it (anyone with physical disability would find it very difficult to visit). It provides a graphic account of the development of medical practice in Edinburgh, which is illustrated by more than a few human specimens. Visitors should be aware... More

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London
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Great insight into the history of surgery and dentistry with an Edinburgh flavour. Some parts were closed for refurbishment while we were there, but it didn't disappoint. Nearby the National Museum, so easy to visit both in the same day.

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