Surgeons' Hall Museum

Surgeons' Hall Museum information

Edinburgh , Scotland
Nicolson St
Getting there
Bus: all South Bridge buses
More information
adult/child £5/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm daily Apr-Oct, noon-4pm Mon-Fri Nov-Mar
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Housed in a grand Ionic temple designed by William Playfair in 1832, the History of Surgery Museum provides a fascinating look at surgery in Scotland from the 15th century – when barbers supplemented their income with bloodletting, amputations and other surgical procedures – to the present day. The highlight is the exhibit on Burke and Hare, which includes Burke's death mask and a pocketbook bound in his skin. The museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18th May 2014 until summer 2015.

The adjacent Dental Collection , with its wince-inducing collections of extraction tools, covers the history of dentistry, while the Pathology Museum houses a gruesome but compelling 19th-century collection of diseased organs and massive tumours pickled in formaldehyde.