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

Val McDermid & Sue Black at Surgeons' Hall Museum

Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are delighted to welcome best-selling author Val McDermid and forensic anthropologist Sue Black. Bestsel… read more >>

Anthony Horowitz at Surgeons Hall Museum

Blackwell’s Bookshop and Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are delighted to welcome best-selling author Anthony Horowitz to Edinburgh! Join us as he chats about his new … read more >>

Midlothian Science Festival

During October, and as part of the Midlothian Science Festival, Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Woundin… read more >>

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current external exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museum at Mayfield Library

Surgeons Hall Museum at Mayfield Library. During October, and as part of the Midlothian Science Festival, Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’ to Mayfield Library in Dalkeith. The exhibition and associated activities are free of charge. Selected activities will be taking place at the venue as part of the Midlotian Science Festival. Please contact the venue for more information. Telephone: 0131 663 2126