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Surgeons' Hall - CLOSED

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 527 1600
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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 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.

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Recently attended a wedding here, it was totally stunning! Staff were very attentive and the grounds were beautiful, a perfect wedding venue!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I visited this museum a while ago with my aunty during the school holidays. It was fairly reasonable to get into, I've paid more for museums but for ones that are larger. There is a fair amount to see and a few hands on activities which were quite fun. Although a lot of the exhibits were quite gory it was... More

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Halifax, Canada
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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

The museum was not quite as good as I expected, although still interesting. Unfortunately a good number of the displays in the first room had lights that were strobing (perhaps because they were dimmed) and so those I had to bypass. Perhaps this would have enhanced the experience. It would be interesting to see the progression/ development through time within... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I recently visited this museum with my sister. When we first arrived it appeared it may be closed but when we read the banner on the gates we realised that it was infact open. Although rather quite expensive at £5.00 pp if you are a student or have a concession card e.g young scot card then the price of the... More

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The top half of the musuem was closed. For the 8 pounds I paid, it should have all been open. I was not told of the closure before I paid. The museum was interesting, but not for the squeamish.

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

If you've been to the Hunterian Museum in London this is very similar except there aren't any animal specimens. The museum is a little hard to find but it is just off the royal mile down south bridge. There are signs. It gives a brief introduction to surgery and the infamous surgeons. there is a small Burke and hare exhibit... More

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Las Vegas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

There is a lot of information regarding the people who made advances in the medical field. I guess after seeing the "Bodies Exhibit" in the US it seemed rather tame. I didn't stay that long.

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Indaiatuba, SP
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219 reviews 219 reviews
32 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

very good museum ,it should be renovated soon,price 8 pounds,not big but interesting if you like history of surgeons.easy to find near royal mille.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 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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