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“Spend some time to get the most from the exhibits.”

Surgeons' Hall Museums
Ranked #27 of 416 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Surgeons' Hall Museums is an award winning Museum that is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom. Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopened in 2015 after a major £4.4 million Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project. As one of the oldest Museums in Scotland, the collections grew from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the Museums expanded to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay, with the Playfair Building opening in 1832 to house these. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit. The Museums are currently home to an extensive collection of pathology, anatomy and medical ephemera.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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.

Thank NealeGEdinburgh
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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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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.

Thank MrsKnight123
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Reviewed January 22, 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

1  Thank Amber A
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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!

Thank DexterDillinger
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