City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Surgeon's Hall Museum


Pathology Museum
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Southside, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 527 1711 (Front of House)
Telephone (info): 
0131 527 1649/678 (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

The Surgeon's Hall, part of the Royal College of Surgeons complex on Clerk Street, houses Scotland's largest medical museum with one of the most significant surgical collections in the world.

The Pathology Museum is the oldest in Britain, containing human anatomical and pathological specimens from the late 18th century.

Other objects, images and artworks trace surgery's history from Roman times to the present including the breakthrough discoveries of antisepsis and anaesthesia, the curious development of false teeth and the chilling Burke and Hare murders.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions charting the history of surgery there are temporary exhibitions.

The museum is on two levels. Access to the top level is for guided tours and educational groups only.

Note: The museum displays human remains which some people may find unsettling.