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

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 >>

Decant of the Museum

Since the museum’s close on the 17th May, the staff at Surgeons’ Hall Museum have been busy decanting the entire collection. This complete process took six weeks, with all items in the Museum being su… read more >>

The Lister Project Contractor Appointed

The College looked at a wide range of contractors and evaluated their capabilities taking into account quality and track record and accordingly, John Dennis & Company (Scotland) Ltd has been appoi… read more >>

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Foreign Metal Objects
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current external exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museum at the The Central Library: 4th-8th August

Surgeons Hall Museum at the The Central Library: 4th-8th August. From Monday August 4th to Friday August 8th, The Central Library, Edinburgh will host ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’, a partnership project between Surgeons’ Hall Museum and The University of Edinburgh. Please contact the venue for more details: