City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum


University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum
Doorway 3, Medical School Teviot Place
Edinburgh EH8 9AG
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Southside, Edinburgh
Telephone (box office): 
0131 228 1404

A collection consists of 12,000 objects and specimens that tell the story of 300 years of anatomical teaching at the University of Edinburgh.

About one third of the museum’s collection is related to pathology, anatomy and zoology.

Exhibits include human skeletal remains, dried and fluid preserved specimens, as well as anatomical teaching models.

The rest of the collections include phrenology, pharmacology, anthropology, ethnography, forensics and artworks.

The museum displays a number of unique objects including the skull of George Buchanan (tutor to James VI), a dissected body demonstrating the lymphatic system injected with mercury (dated 1788) and the skeleton of notorious murderer William Burke (1829).

In 2016 the Anatomical Museum was awarded ‘Accredited’ status by Museums Galleries Scotland.

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