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“Spend some time to get the most from the exhibits.” 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
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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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Spend some time to get the most from the exhibits.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Such a well laid out exhibition, you can really learn a lot by reading the information with each exhibit. It is easy to rush through and seek out the weird & wonderful but best to see how far human knowledge has expanded in the medical field and the fellows and surgeons trained here have made such huge leaps in medical understanding, and a lot of that is here on display. Go if you can, it is simply amazing.

Visited September 2012
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Full of medical bits and bobs - many I didn't know of! - this is a great way to spend a few hours. The displays are well marked explaining every bit and what the items are for. Nice bright and clean.

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“Great value experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

An awesome experience that is great value and really opens your eyes to how medicine has moved on over the years.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

This is a secret treasure of Edinburgh I believe. The staff were wonderful friendly mad I recommend visiting. You will learn so much

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“Fascinating and gruesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

I think it should be free as it is a museum, but I can't complain as £3 for the sights I saw is great. Some amazing reads and seeing real tanned human skin from over 100 years ago is just a bit surreal! Not for the very empathetic and screamish as the stories of no anaesthetic and all the child skeletons could be a bit much for some!

Overall though it was great and really interesting. Also makes you soo grateful for the breakthroughs we have in medicine today!

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