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

Surgeons' Hall Museum

Surgeons' Hall Museum is currently closed to the public as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Redevelopment Project. The Museum will reopen in summer 2015.  

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.

latest news

Edinburgh World Heritage grant for Playfair's Surgeons' Hall

The conservation work forms part of the Lister Project, a £4 million re-development of the historic building by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The project will see a re-interpretation of … read more >>

Time Capsule discovered at Surgeons' Hall Museums

A team of builders currently working on the redevelopment of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Surgeons’ Hall Museums got a curious surprise recently when they discovered buried,… read more >>

The Lister Project - Update

Director of Heritage Chris Henry provides an update on the project to restore the College’s ‘Playfair’ Building. Anyone visiting the RCSEd at the moment will notice that the College’s main building … read more >>

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current external exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museum at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery

Surgeons Hall Museum at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery . From the 1st of December until the 31st of March, Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’ to Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition and associated events are free of charge. Telephone: 01592 583206