Book said to be made from William Burke's skin
Dental artwork
Robert Knox - display in History of Surgery Museum
Surgeons' Hall - Playfair Building
Skull at Surgeons' Hall Pathology Museum
Surgeons' Hall - History of Surgery Museum
A trephined skull

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - Surgeons' Hall

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505, with the Museum collections growing from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the Museum had expanded to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay. Initially established as a medical teaching resource, access for all is now a priority and visitors can explore The Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery Museum upper and lower (floors) and the Dental Museum.

latest news

Talks at Craigmillar Library

We are delighted to annouce two upcoming talks at Craigmillar Library. On Monday 31st March at 6pm, Mr Iain Macintyre FRCSEd, will be giving a talk on "The Remarkable Elsie Inglis & the Scottish W… read more >>

Surgeons' Hall Museum to extend opening hours

We are delighted to announce that from this Saturday the 29th of March, we will be open to the public 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm. Our extended opening hours will run until the 17th of May 2014.… read more >>

Surgeons' Hall Museum at Craigmillar Library - March & April

Outreach at Craigmillar Library.Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University, the exhibtion ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’. The University of Edinburgh’s exhibition ‘Words … read more >>

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Set of amputation instruments, nineteenth century
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current & upcoming exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museum at Craigmillar Library: March - April 2014

Surgeons Hall Museum at Craigmillar Library: March - April 2014. During March and April the Museum outreach and exhibition programme 'Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding' will be at Craigmillar Library. The exhibition and associated activities are free of charge, and the venue is open to the public. Selected activities will be taking place at Craigmillar Library. Please contact the venue for more details: craigmillar.library@edinburgh.gov.uk