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“unusual, twisted and interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Surgeons' Hall - CLOSED

Surgeons' Hall
Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland (Southside & Holyrood)
+44 131 527 1600
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum is currently closed for redevelopment until September 2015. 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.
Utrecht, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“unusual, twisted and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The surgeon's hall is located in Edinburgh's medical university and you have to walk past reception, thru some corridors and up the stairs to get there.
The exhibition is unusual as well, ranging from historical exhibits, preparations of limbs and bodies to modern medicine.
Some parts are really eerie, like examples of disease and wounds from past wars (amputated limbs of soldiers who participated in the battle of Waterloo).
Most unusual is a little book whose leather was fabricated from the skin of a serial killer.
Not recommended if you are with small children, highly interesting for people interested in medicine and bizarre things.

Visited November 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“A good summary of who's who in Scottish surgery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Difficult to find the way in initially - and you have to climb quite a few stairs to get there - which makes you wonder if you might need some surgical support when you arrive.
Well laid out museum on three different levels with a lot of interest in historical and more recent medicine and plenty of body parts in jars on display! It was good to discover some of the stories behind surgical breakthroughs - and there is plenty of explanation and pictorial presentation. There has been an attempt to make the exhibits more interactive with various pieces of equipment available to try out. One area had short video clips on specific aspects of medical interest - but they were not always audible or working. Not badly priced for £5 (adult) or £3 (concession) - and takes an hour or so to look round - longer if you decide to try out some of the equipment!

Visited November 2012
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Fascinating insight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Brilliant displays of medical history - some you wouldn't really want to see but intriguing anyway. Lovely building and well kept. Definitely worth a visit

Visited May 2012
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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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“Museum with a difference”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Not for the faint hearted! Lots of interesting exhibits of surgery and medicine across the years. Well laid out with exhibits clearly numbered. Good value for money.

Visited October 2012
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cambridge
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“keep the adults happy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Foot sore and weary but had a fun filled afternoon trying to do some key hole surgery - not as easy as it looks.

Visited October 2012
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