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

Guided Tours

Education Visits

For Education and School visits, please see our Teachers and Schools Section or contact 0131 527 1633.

Group Bookings

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh invites you to visit Surgeons' Hall Museums, to discover the fascinating history of surgery in Edinburgh and beyond. Special guided tours of Surgeons’ Hall Musuems for groups of between 10-20 people run during regular opening hours and between 5:00pm - 8:00pm for evening tours (due to the ongoing redevlopment work, these tours include Museum access only.).

These tours are for group bookings only. Afternoon visits can be paid for on the day or by invoice; the cost for afternoon visits are £3/5 per ticket. Evening visits have a fixed cost of £75 and must be paid for in advance by cheque payment.

As we have a small number of guides, and places fill up quickly, we ask a minimum of four weeks’ notice when booking a tour. The tours, lasting for two hours, will take you through the Museums, exploring the collections and history as you go. There will also be time to look around the Museums independently and to ask your guide questions. Visiting parties will be escorted by a dedicated guide.

We will be unable to accept bookings for guided tours after the 31st March 2014.

For more information, or to book a group visit, please email

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