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“Absolutely fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Surgeons' Hall - CLOSED

Surgeons' Hall
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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“Absolutely fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Absolutely fascinating – really knowledgeable and helpful staff. Access is through the old college up some winding marble stairs (would be difficult if you were mobility impaired). Once inside there are some historic exhibits and dioramas but then you can move to the rear of the main halls and explore surgery progression and medical interventions from the past 100+ years, truly outstanding. Have a go a keyhole surgery, use the microscopes and review the old texts – highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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“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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“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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“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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