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Review of Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums
Ranked #28 of 379 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 (SHM), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history and development of surgery. The collections include surgical instruments and artworks and one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world. These specimens are displayed in the Wohl Pathology Museum, which is located within the iconic building designed by William Playfair in 1832. All of the exhibits which have made SHM world-famous will be back on display: including a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer, William Burke; and exhibits relating to Dr Joseph Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s teacher and main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, the highlight of which is a letter from the author crediting his mentor as such. The reopened SHM, whose transformation has been supported by a £2.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also feature even more interactive and display exhibits, which will help visitors from all around the world discover the stories and breakthroughs that have shaped modern surgical practice.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

I really enjoyed this place. As a nurse it was so interesting to see all the old samples. I really wanted to see upstairs however this was closed off to the public. Not for you if your squeamish but well worth a visit, totally not advertised enough!

Visited July 2012
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“Spend some time to get the most from the exhibits.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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

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