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 Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums is currently closed to the public as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Redevelopment Project. The Museum will reopen on 24th September 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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latest news

Surgeons' Hall Museums Reopening Date Confirmed

We are delighted to announce that Surgeons' Hall Museums will reopen on the 24th September 2015.Admission to the museum will cost £6 for adults, £3.50 for concessionary rates.A full events timetable w… read more >>

Upcoming Events

We're delighted to announce that The Centre of Population Health Science's Centenary of Public Health Lecture Series will be coming to Surgeons' Hall Museums this October. "The Health of the City of E… read more >>

Festival of Museums: A Scandal in Surgeons' Hall, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for our Festival of Museums event that we are hosting in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Anatomy Museum. On Saturday the 16th o… read more >>


Anatomy Theatre Anatomy Theatre Upper Pathology Museum Upper Pathology Museum

current external exhibitions

Surgeons Hall Museums at Newington Library

Surgeons Hall Museums at Newington Library. From the 1st - 31st October, Surgeons' Hall Museums, will bring it's touring exhibition ‘Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding’ to Newington Library in Edinburgh. The exhibition and associated events are free of charge. Telephone: 0131 529 5536