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

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 and visitors can explore The Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery Museum upper and lower (floors) and the Dental Museum

latest news

Word of Mouth: Talking about how we interpret skulls

The Word of Mouth exhibition has been a truly collaborative effort between The University of Edinburgh, Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Craigmillar Community Arts and Forensic Artist Gillian Taylor. The idea f… read more >>

Words and Deeds: Women, Warfare & Caregiving

From the 9th August - 8th September, Surgeons' Hall Museum, in partnership with Edinburgh University will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds: Women, Warfare and Caregiving' to St Giles Cat… read more >>

The Remarkable Elsie Inglis & the Scottish Women’s Hospital

Join us at Central Library on the 5th August for a free talk in conjunction with Edinburgh Reads. "The Remarkable Elsie Inglis & the Scottish Women’s Hospital with Iain Macintyre". Elsie Inglis … read more >>

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current external exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museum at St. Giles' Cathedral

Surgeons Hall Museum at St. Giles' Cathedral. From the 9th of August until the 8th of September, St. Giles' Cathedral will host ‘Words and Deeds: Women, Warfare and Caregiving’, a partnership project between Surgeons’ Hall Museum and The University of Edinburgh.