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“There's a preserved human face complete with moustache!!!”

Surgeons' Hall Museums
Ranked #22 of 397 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 July 23, 2013

There are so many specimens on display from full skeletons to individual organs and body parts preserved. One of my favourite bits was a human face complete with moustache and stitching as he was a soldier of the First World War who was shot through the nose. It was amazing to come face-to-face with this poor man. There is also a purse made from the skin of William Burke, the infamous body snatcher and his death mask too. It was fascinating and my husband and I were pleased we visited.

Thank LouisaJP
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

It felt like I walked through surgical history with surgical masters that defined modern day surgery from Lister and Simpson. The specimens are interesting. The highlight for me was to see my Fathers name as a fellow of RCS.

Thank Kathiawar
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Surgeon's Hall is exceptional. The Surgeon's museum at Surgeon's Hall is really interesting.
Anyone with a medical or surgical bent or interest in medical history would find it fascinating.
I have walked past it a thousand times without really knowing about it. I am glad I made the effort.

Thank Ewan M
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Have just spent some time in the Surgeon's Hall Museum which was very interesting although not that easy to get into - in and out of buildings and up stairs before you even get to pay. The whole layout could be signposted better so that you are not getting ahead of yourself and have to back track. Although interesting enough after two floors and hardly any seating to rest weary legs for a while it did get a bit boring. In its defense we didn't see the top floor which apparently held all the modern stuff - hope we haven't missed the best bit!

Thank fortunatefeet
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Went for the 2 pm highlights tour, on every Wednesday. Was very interesting and nice, extensive collection and informative guide. Tour lasted about 45 min, and perfect to look around before / after. Good for both medics and non-medics.

Thank flooere1
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