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Surgeons’ Hall Museums

Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, UK

Surgeons’ Hall Museums are owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and consist of the History of Surgery Museum, the Wohl Pathology Museum and the Dental Collection.

The museum has been open to the public since 1832, making it one of Scotland’s oldest museums. The museum is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the world.

Uncover centuries of surgical development with a reconstructed anatomy theatre as a centrepiece. Hear the story of Scotland’s first public dissection and find out the true story about Burke and Hare in our History of Surgery Museum. Learn the story of Joseph Lister and the breakthrough discovery of antiseptic and James Young Simpson and the discovery of chloroform as an anaesthetic. Find out more about the real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and his connection to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The Wohl Pathology Museum covers topics such as women in surgery and military surgery; from the Battle of Waterloo up to the Second World War. In the Dental Collection you will see how dentistry techniques have changed over the years.
The newest addition to the museum is the Body Voyager gallery which explores the rise in computerised and robotic technology in medicine. Visitors are taken on a journey through the human body exploring the way in which technology is changing the course of surgery and patient care. The galleries are designed to get the visitor thinking about how the surgical world is advancing and how they might feel about receiving treatment with these new technologies.

The Museum is located in Edinburgh’s city centre and is easily accessed by foot or bus and is a 10 minute walk from Waverley train station.

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Opening Times

Open Daily

10.00 - 17.00

Please check website for festive closure details.




Concessions (under 16, Students with ID, 60+, NHS Staff, JSA)




Disabled Access

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