Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Surgeons' Hall Museums Reviews: 4.5/5

Surgeons' Hall Museums
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Surgeons' Hall Museums is an award winning Museum that is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom. Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopened in 2015 after a major £4.4 million Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project. As one of the oldest Museums in Scotland, the collections grew from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the Museums expanded to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay, with the Playfair Building opening in 1832 to house these. Whilst the Museums were initially established as a medical teaching resource, all are now welcome to visit. The Museums are currently home to an extensive collection of pathology, anatomy and medical ephemera.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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Andy C
Edinburgh, UK22 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Dec 2021 • Couples
Extremely interesting, especially if you have an interest in human biology.
The Wohl pathology museum contains thousands of preserved pathological specimens of almost every disease you could think of.
Many of the specimens are very old but all are fascinating. Some of the early surgical tools on display will , quite literally, make you wince.
It certainly gives you a new appreciation for the diversity and capability of the organs within the human body.
Written 5 December 2021
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Written 6 December 2021
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Nicky S
Scotland, PA14 contributions
Not for the squeamish
Dec 2021
Very interesting.
Obviously more intended for students and academics than the general public, and lots of body parts on display, so not suitable for kids or anyone who is squeamish.
Written 5 December 2021
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Written 6 December 2021
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Samantha
Durham, UK88 contributions
Interesting insight into the history of Surgery 🦴🦿🦶👁️🦷🧠
Dec 2021 • Family
Interesting and educational place to visit.

The museum has a large display spanning over years to show the progression and advancement of Surgical techniques and developments through out history.

Various weird and wonderful body parts, are on display which show many diseases and medical conditions throughout history.

The top floor also has a display which gives you the opportunity to try some of the surgical robot equipment, which is incredibly difficult to use!

Would not recommend to those with a weak stomach.
Written 5 December 2021
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Written 6 December 2021
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Boutiquechic72
Isle of Skye, UK85 contributions
Excellent attraction
Nov 2021
Very interesting attraction with many artefacts for people into health history! Two out of three of us enjoyed it very much (but the other was slightly squeamish!)
Written 20 November 2021
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Written 23 November 2021
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Draculas_Bride666
Rothwell, UK701 contributions
Amazing museum...not for the screamish
Jun 2021
I found this museum really interesting...all the body parts and diseases they've gone through are grim but amazing at the same time. If you are a bit screamish then it's maybe not the place for you but it's worth a visit if you can cope with all the body parts. Really well laid out, beautiful building and a small gift shop.
Written 15 November 2021
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Written 17 November 2021
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DLR
Birmingham, UK6 contributions
Fabulous and informative
Nov 2021 • Friends
Stumbled upon this venue by accident after finishing a ghost walk on the evening ( well worth doing also )
Allow yourself a good couple of hours if not longer. We thoroughly enjoyed it.. not for the faint hearted, but it’s also very educational.
Reasonably priced, and a great day out. I’d definitely visit again.
Written 14 November 2021
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Hello! It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit to the museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written 15 November 2021
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Peter M
2 contributions
Do not miss
Nov 2021
Fantastic experience and well worth the entry fee. Spent over three hours amongst many items which I had no idea what they were!! Will return on our next visit.
Written 9 November 2021
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Written 15 November 2021
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roscarter58
Argeles-sur-Mer, France10 contributions
Incredible
Nov 2021
Fascinating and informative but not for the squeamish. A lot to see over four floors. Good value for money.
Written 4 November 2021
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Written 4 November 2021
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Connector815777
Dersingham, UK1 contribution
Incredible!
Nov 2021 • Couples
I’m a huge nerd of all things morbid and medical so this place was absolutely incredible. I wish I had more time to read everything, I could honestly spend all day here.
Will definitely visit again if we return to Edinburgh
Written 1 November 2021
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Written 4 November 2021
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Simon R
Stevenage, UK105 contributions
Recommend if your not squeamish!
Oct 2021 • Couples
An interesting walk around this venue enjoyed far more by my wife than me ! Only a sham that by law you are u able to take photos but would recommend.
Written 29 October 2021
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Written 1 November 2021
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