Surgeons' Hall Museums


Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

    Surgeons' Hall Museums will reopen to the public on the 24th September 2015

    Surgeons' Hall Museums is currently closed to the public as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Redevelopment Project. It will reopen on the 24th September 2015. 

    Surgeons' Hall Museums (SHM) are owned by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and consist of the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection.

    The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505, with the Museums' collections growing significantly from 1699 after 'natural and artificial curiosities' were publically sought. In the 1800s, the original museum expanded to include the remarkable collections of surgeon and anatomists, Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay.

    Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, SHM's fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have been open to the public since 1832, making SHM among Scotland's oldest museums.The Wohl Pathology Museum is also home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world. 

    With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014, the Museums underwent a major redevelopment called The Lister Project. The Lister Project was an initiative by RCSEd that focused on the College’s heritage and helped create a new and enhanced public space within the Museums to inform and share with the general public the historical journey of surgery and its advances.

    The Museums also exhibit interpretation that inspires public engagement through interactive computer simulation, audience participation devices, filmic and user-friendly textual explanation and encourages them to think about health and wellbeing. 

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    Ticket Information
    Adult ticket £6.00 per ticket
    Concession Ticket £3.50 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Ten Hill Place Hotel Wine Bar and Cafe 1505 are located in close proximity to the Museums.


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome The Museums contain human remains that some people may find unsettling: recommended age 10+. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • City Centre Less than five minutes walk from Edinburgh's historic old town.


    • Paid Parking within easy distance

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    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes


    • There is a lift

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