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 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 and uncover the link between The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Sherlock Holmes.
Discover the origins of medical collections and how they’ve changed. Find out about the role of women in surgery, and the story of military surgery; from Waterloo up to the Second World Wars in the Wohl Pathology Museum. Learn about the history of dentistry from its earliest days up until modern times.
The Museum is located in Edinburgh’s city center and is easily accessed by foot or bus and is a 10 minute walk from Waverley train station.