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“Fascinating”

Surgeons' Hall Museums
Ranked #27 of 416 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 5 May 2012

The medical museum draws together scientific and medical interest with Edinburghs macabre past through an informative presentation of anatomical and medical exhibits.

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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Don't eat food right before you go here, but this is an excellent museum for understanding early surgery and how sanitation changed it all.

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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We had the Edinburgh pass so the entry was inclusive, but well worth the 5 pound entrance fee. SOme interesting and at times gory exhibits! Lots of things to see and read, and hour or so is more than enough time to see it all.

Thank Kathryn G
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Reviewed 29 April 2012 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit, very well laid out exhibits and very informative. The gore factor (different pickled body parts) was acceptable and done very tastefully and respectfully. It would be nice to know abit more background on some of the specimens were possible and view the jars on the upper level.

Thank Toxtethtiger
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

Definitely recommend...not for the faint hearted though :)!

Thank Heather F
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