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

Doors Open Weekend 2014

Doors Open Weekend is completely sold out.

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.


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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 >>

Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding at Edinburgh Napier University

Until the 30th September, Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’ to Edinburgh Napier University, Sig… read more >>

Doors Open Weekend 2014

Doors Open Weekend is now completely sold out. read more >>

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Surgeons Hall Museum at Edinburgh Napier University

Surgeons Hall Museum at Edinburgh Napier University . From the 8th until the 30th of September, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus will host ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’, a partnership project between Surgeons’ Hall Museum and The University of Edinburgh.