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Surgeons' Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
+44 131 527 1711
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I should start by saying that we are not medical people. However, we did find our visit to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
HUNTINGPARTY
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One of the must see things in Edinburgh if you have any interest in history of medicine. Edinburgh... read more

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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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Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I should start by saying that we are not medical people. However, we did find our visit to the Surgeon's Hall museum very interesting and instructive. The initial part of the museum with the many explanations for the exhibits was the best part for me...More

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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

People often think you need to have a medical background to enjoy our museums but as you and your husband found, this is not the case. It's great to hear you found your visit interesting. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must see things in Edinburgh if you have any interest in history of medicine. Edinburgh is full of history and attractions and at times you tend to miss things. This is my 4th visit and finally managed to see the place. Pathological...More

Thank sisira28
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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're glad you finally managed to pay us a visit! We have one of the largest pathology collections in Europe so you're right in saying there aren't many places that exhibit such a collection. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It cost £4 for students(non-UK student ID is ok). The staff are super friendly. Good collection and detailed explanations over surgery along with anesthesiology and infection control. It’s quite interesting knowing how important Edinburgh is for surgery development. All in all, It’s not big, great...More

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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn’t realize how many specimens there were. Well arranged. Explained very well for everyone to understand. Had some hands on exhibits to, but not sure if that’s all the time.

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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are one of the largest pathology museums in Europe so our collection is quite expansive! We do have some interactive elements that are a permanent part of the museum. Thanks for leaving us a review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were very impressed by the Surgeons' Hall Museum. We both work in the medical field, so we found it informative and fascinating. You simply must see the pathology specimens. They will teach you about some of the terrible things that can...More

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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jessica, it's wonderful to hear both you and your husband thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended to go here and the recommendation was spot on. It was very interesting and informative with hundreds of specimens of different illnesses on show. The dental part was also very good and wonderful to see how surgery has evolved over the years....More

Thank Jenny P
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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jenny, it's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit. Seeing how far we've come in the world of surgery definitely makes you appreciate living in the 21st century. Thanks for taking time to leave a review!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found it a bit strange going up 2 flights of stairs to get in, very accessible, there is a lift Not too gruesome, more educational if you want to take children, I loved it A few interactive exhibits but not many One thing I...More

Thank Wendy C
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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Wendy. The museum is up 2 flights of stairs as we share the building with other departments of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as well as our library and archives. Thanks for your kind comments about our staff, I'll pass them on.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic exhibits throughout with very clear, informative displays identifying all manner of extremely interesting things. Although I am not a ‘medical’ person, this really was a ‘must see’ place to go. My husband, who was a Coroner’s Officer for some ten years really, really loved...More

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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's great to hear both you and your husband enjoyed your time with us. People often think you need to have a medical background to enjoy the museums but as you've said this is not the case. Thanks for taking the time to leave a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting exhibits in the pathology exhibition (though some not for those with a weak stomach perhaps) but an easy way to learn about anatomy in a low stress environment. Some of the historical treatments and instruments make you realise just how much medicine...More

Thank Elspeth P
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SHMEdinburgh, Marketing Officer at Surgeons' Hall Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Elspeth, it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit. The collection does make you appreciate the surgical advancements that have been made over the centuries. Thanks for leaving a review.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found Surgeons Hall to be an unusual fascinating museum . I am a nurse so from a professional point of view I found it very informative . There is a fee to get in . As I work for the NHS I got charged...More

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Hi there. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for the review!

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schoolstloyal
28 December 2016|
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Disabled visitors are charged at concessionary rates of £4 and carers get complimentary tickets when ID is produced upon arrival
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mozziefood
5 September 2016|
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The nearest allocated disabled parking bays are on Howden Street, which is 6 minutes from the Museum. There is parking on Richmond Place which is the street behind the Museum, but it is pay and display. Spaces for this are... More
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Admission for Adults - £6; Concessionary Rates - £3.50. NHS staff are offered concessionary rates with a valid ID. Thanks
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