Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons' Hall Museums Surgeons' Hall Museums is home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World, open to the public since 1832.
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Surgeons' Hall Museums was developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, its fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have also been open to the public since 1832, making it Scotland’s oldest museum. Please note photography is prohibited in the museum in accordance with the Human Tissue (2006) Scotland Act.

Operating as usual

07/05/2021

#ICYMI we have added an extra "Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History" walking tour at 12pm tomorrow!

Due to current restrictions we have made some changes to the tour to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Tickets are available from: https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

James Young Simpson died at the age of 58 #OTD, 1870.  Simpson is known for discovering the anaesthetic properties of ch...
06/05/2021

James Young Simpson died at the age of 58 #OTD, 1870. Simpson is known for discovering the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. His family were offered a burial spot at Westminster Abbey but they turned it down, opting to bury him at Warriston Cemetery in Edinburgh. e was so influential a Scottish national holiday was declared on the day of his funeral.

In 1877 his statue was unveiled at West Princes Street Gardens. This photo is from our archives. You can view our Library and Archives Digital Collections here: https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/
The Library & Archive is open again to visitors. Please note this is on a strict appointment basis with social distancing and other hygiene measures in place. Please email [email protected].

James Young Simpson died at the age of 58 #OTD, 1870. Simpson is known for discovering the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. His family were offered a burial spot at Westminster Abbey but they turned it down, opting to bury him at Warriston Cemetery in Edinburgh. e was so influential a Scottish national holiday was declared on the day of his funeral.

In 1877 his statue was unveiled at West Princes Street Gardens. This photo is from our archives. You can view our Library and Archives Digital Collections here: https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/
The Library & Archive is open again to visitors. Please note this is on a strict appointment basis with social distancing and other hygiene measures in place. Please email [email protected].

Our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours are back! Due to COVID-19 restrict...
05/05/2021

Our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours are back! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tour groups are smaller and tickets are selling fast. You can book your place here: https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

We are still unable to have talks with a live audience in person at the museum. However, we are still running lectures and workshops online. You find out full information about all our events here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/surgeons-hall-museums-869321953

Potted Pathology: The Complete Collection is now live!Potted Pathology is a 6 part series of pre-recorded talks by Surge...
03/05/2021

Potted Pathology: The Complete Collection is now live!

Potted Pathology is a 6 part series of pre-recorded talks by Surgeons' Hall Museums Senior Research Fellow Professor Ken Donaldson. It focuses on the fundamental processes and prominent areas of disease development in an interesting and accessible way.

Full information on how to access the lectures is available from: https://buff.ly/2RfA2g5

Potted Pathology: The Complete Collection is now live!

Potted Pathology is a 6 part series of pre-recorded talks by Surgeons' Hall Museums Senior Research Fellow Professor Ken Donaldson. It focuses on the fundamental processes and prominent areas of disease development in an interesting and accessible way.

Full information on how to access the lectures is available from: https://buff.ly/2RfA2g5

The museum is open from 10am-5pm this bank holiday weekend! If you're paying us a visit, you can find out more about our...
30/04/2021

The museum is open from 10am-5pm this bank holiday weekend! If you're paying us a visit, you can find out more about our covid-19 measures here: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

Our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours are fully booked this weekend. If you're thinking about coming along on a tour in the coming weeks we recommend booking early. Due to covid restrictions our tour group sizes are smaller and tickets are going fast! https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

The museum is open from 10am-5pm this bank holiday weekend! If you're paying us a visit, you can find out more about our covid-19 measures here: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

Our Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh's Medical History walking tours are fully booked this weekend. If you're thinking about coming along on a tour in the coming weeks we recommend booking early. Due to covid restrictions our tour group sizes are smaller and tickets are going fast! https://blood_and_guts_shm.eventbrite.co.uk

You have until Friday to submit your poems to Simpson's Poetry Competition!The competition is open to those 12 and under...
28/04/2021

You have until Friday to submit your poems to Simpson's Poetry Competition!

The competition is open to those 12 and under and there is a prize up for grabs!

You can send your poems to [email protected]

You have until Friday to submit your poems to Simpson's Poetry Competition!

The competition is open to those 12 and under and there is a prize up for grabs!

You can send your poems to [email protected]

Charles Bell died #OTD in 1842 at the age of 67.  Bell was an anatomist, physiologist, neurologist and artist and is bes...
28/04/2021

Charles Bell died #OTD in 1842 at the age of 67. Bell was an anatomist, physiologist, neurologist and artist and is best known for describing Bell's Palsy. We have a number of his paintings on display. Find out more about his painting "Opisthotonus" here: https://bit.ly/3vAa6f2

Charles Bell died #OTD in 1842 at the age of 67. Bell was an anatomist, physiologist, neurologist and artist and is best known for describing Bell's Palsy. We have a number of his paintings on display. Find out more about his painting "Opisthotonus" here: https://bit.ly/3vAa6f2

Last week we were shown how to use our new da Vinci surgeon trainer. It was great fun but don't expect any masterpieces ...
27/04/2021

Last week we were shown how to use our new da Vinci surgeon trainer. It was great fun but don't expect any masterpieces coming from us anytime soon!

You will be able to have a go for yourself when our new Body Voyager galleries open this summer!

Thanks to the Intuitive Foundation for the support of the programme & Intuitive for donating the equipment.

If you have bought tickets to view "Doctors, Patients and the Physical Examination" please check your inbox for details ...
26/04/2021

If you have bought tickets to view "Doctors, Patients and the Physical Examination" please check your inbox for details on how to access the talk. This email may have been filtered into your spam folder.

If you would like to access the lecture, tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctors-patients-and-the-physical-examination-tickets-146961791675

If you have bought tickets to view "Doctors, Patients and the Physical Examination" please check your inbox for details on how to access the talk. This email may have been filtered into your spam folder.

If you would like to access the lecture, tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctors-patients-and-the-physical-examination-tickets-146961791675

WE ARE NOW OPEN!!! You can visit us from 10am- 5pm, 7 days a week.For full information on what COVID measure to expect d...
26/04/2021

WE ARE NOW OPEN!!!

You can visit us from 10am- 5pm, 7 days a week.

For full information on what COVID measure to expect during your visit please head over to our website: https://buff.ly/2WaeCAM

WE ARE NOW OPEN!!!

You can visit us from 10am- 5pm, 7 days a week.

For full information on what COVID measure to expect during your visit please head over to our website: https://buff.ly/2WaeCAM

We reopen tomorrow!We can't wait to welcome you all back. We will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. There will be COV...
25/04/2021

We reopen tomorrow!

We can't wait to welcome you all back.

We will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. There will be COVID measures in place during your visit. To find out more head over to our website: https://buff.ly/2WaeCAM

We reopen tomorrow!

We can't wait to welcome you all back.

We will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. There will be COVID measures in place during your visit. To find out more head over to our website: https://buff.ly/2WaeCAM

Here is another fantastic entry to our poetry competition. "Taking out my tooth" was submitted by 8 year old Genesis.Our...
24/04/2021

Here is another fantastic entry to our poetry competition. "Taking out my tooth" was submitted by 8 year old Genesis.

Our poetry competition is open to children under the age of 12. Send your poems to [email protected] for the chance to win a prize!

It's time for our final Link-it challenge!Can you guess the connection between Rosalind Franklin and peas?We also have a...
23/04/2021

It's time for our final Link-it challenge!

Can you guess the connection between Rosalind Franklin and peas?

We also have another alphabet challenge for you. This week is the letter R for renewable energy.

Let us know how you get on!

These models (magnified 5,000 times) of the red blood cells of various animals were made by Dr H Welcker, Professor of A...
22/04/2021

These models (magnified 5,000 times) of the red blood cells of various animals were made by Dr H Welcker, Professor of Anatomy at Halle University, Germany. They would be used as teaching aids in comparative anatomy. Animals included are: Musk deer, Dormouse and Llama.

These models (magnified 5,000 times) of the red blood cells of various animals were made by Dr H Welcker, Professor of Anatomy at Halle University, Germany. They would be used as teaching aids in comparative anatomy. Animals included are: Musk deer, Dormouse and Llama.

This is a set of seven Roman surgical instruments. Of the set at least three appear to probes; being long thin instrumen...
20/04/2021

This is a set of seven Roman surgical instruments. Of the set at least three appear to probes; being long thin instruments with a broadened flattened head. One of the items is a small bowl with a spout let into one side and may be for blood letting. ⠀

This is a set of seven Roman surgical instruments. Of the set at least three appear to probes; being long thin instruments with a broadened flattened head. One of the items is a small bowl with a spout let into one side and may be for blood letting. ⠀

We are very excited to be able to welcome you all from Monday!We will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. There will be...
19/04/2021

We are very excited to be able to welcome you all from Monday!

We will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. There will be a number of measures in place, including a one way system, hand sanitizing stations and social distancing measures.

Full information on our COVID-19 measures can be found here: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

The stethoscope is an instrument we're all familiar with. Although it looks a bit different since its invention in 1816 ...
19/04/2021

The stethoscope is an instrument we're all familiar with. Although it looks a bit different since its invention in 1816 by René Laennec. This wooden one is from Ward 24 of the old Glasgow Royal Infirmary; one of the wards in which Lister commenced antiseptic practice.

Join James M. Edmonson, chief curator emeritus of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for a look at the fascinating history of the stethoscope. https://buff.ly/2Qchdu9

The stethoscope is an instrument we're all familiar with. Although it looks a bit different since its invention in 1816 by René Laennec. This wooden one is from Ward 24 of the old Glasgow Royal Infirmary; one of the wards in which Lister commenced antiseptic practice.

Join James M. Edmonson, chief curator emeritus of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for a look at the fascinating history of the stethoscope. https://buff.ly/2Qchdu9

We've known the dangers of smoking for a long time. In 1604 King James I published his famous ‘A counterblast to tobacco...
16/04/2021

We've known the dangers of smoking for a long time. In 1604 King James I published his famous ‘A counterblast to tobacco’ in which he likened cigarette smoke to the smoke of hell. So why do people still continue to smoke today?
Find out more in our latest blog from our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson https://bit.ly/3ttVcpa

(Image via Wikimedia Commons: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Chute_tobacco.JPG)

We've known the dangers of smoking for a long time. In 1604 King James I published his famous ‘A counterblast to tobacco’ in which he likened cigarette smoke to the smoke of hell. So why do people still continue to smoke today?
Find out more in our latest blog from our Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson https://bit.ly/3ttVcpa

(Image via Wikimedia Commons: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Chute_tobacco.JPG)

Did you work out that the answer to our Link-It Challenge last week was small pox?We have another link-it puzzle for you...
16/04/2021

Did you work out that the answer to our Link-It Challenge last week was small pox?

We have another link-it puzzle for you this week as well as another alphabet challenge.

How did you get on?

We've had some great entries to Simpson's Poetry Competition. "Brain Drain" was submitted by 5 year old Vivie. If you're...
15/04/2021

We've had some great entries to Simpson's Poetry Competition.
"Brain Drain" was submitted by 5 year old Vivie.

If you're 12 and under you can submit your entries to [email protected]. The competition is open until the end of April.

We've had some great entries to Simpson's Poetry Competition.
"Brain Drain" was submitted by 5 year old Vivie.

If you're 12 and under you can submit your entries to [email protected]. The competition is open until the end of April.

We've received a very special delivery from the USA!Intuitive have very kindly donated a Da Vinci Surgeon console, one o...
14/04/2021

We've received a very special delivery from the USA!
Intuitive have very kindly donated a Da Vinci Surgeon console, one of the most advanced pieces of surgical equipment.
You'll be able to use it yourself in our new Body Voyager galleries opening this summer.

We've received a very special delivery from the USA!
Intuitive have very kindly donated a Da Vinci Surgeon console, one of the most advanced pieces of surgical equipment.
You'll be able to use it yourself in our new Body Voyager galleries opening this summer.

14/04/2021
Tales From Surgeons' Hall: Tapeworm

In our latest "Tales From Surgeons' Hall" our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, tells us all about tapeworms and how they can get into the human intestine.

If you have bought tickets for Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest- Online Kids Workshop please check your inbox fo...
13/04/2021
Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest- Online Kids Workshop

If you have bought tickets for Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest- Online Kids Workshop please check your inbox for details on how to access the workshop. If you have not received this email, please get in touch with us [email protected]

If you would like to join us this afternoon you can book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/simpsons-tri-surgeons-cup-science-quest-online-kids-workshop-tickets-146959087587

Join Surgeons Hall Museums learning officer Carl Ronan for this fun interactive workshop with live experiments, puzzles and a special quest

Looking for something to do with the kids tomorrow? We will be running an online workshop combining hands-on experiments...
12/04/2021

Looking for something to do with the kids tomorrow? We will be running an online workshop combining hands-on experiments, activities and puzzles to solve clues to locate the cup hidden deep within the museum.

Full info and tickets here: https://buff.ly/39R5urO

Looking for something to do with the kids tomorrow? We will be running an online workshop combining hands-on experiments, activities and puzzles to solve clues to locate the cup hidden deep within the museum.

Full info and tickets here: https://buff.ly/39R5urO

We will be reopening on the 26th of April!We can't wait to welcome you all back. To make sure your visit is as safe and ...
12/04/2021

We will be reopening on the 26th of April!

We can't wait to welcome you all back.

To make sure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible, we have a number of measures in place. You can read about them here: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

We will be reopening on the 26th of April!

We can't wait to welcome you all back.

To make sure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible, we have a number of measures in place. You can read about them here: https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk/covid-19

Looking for something to do with the kids next week? Join us for Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest online worksho...
11/04/2021

Looking for something to do with the kids next week? Join us for Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest online workshop?
There will be hands-on experiments, activities & puzzles to solve clues to locate Simpson the bear's trophy which is hidden within the museum.

Full information 👇
https://buff.ly/39R5urO

Looking for something to do with the kids next week? Join us for Simpson's Tri-Surgeons Cup Science Quest online workshop?
There will be hands-on experiments, activities & puzzles to solve clues to locate Simpson the bear's trophy which is hidden within the museum.

Full information 👇
https://buff.ly/39R5urO

Simpson the Bear is my name,Being the best surgeon is my aim.I have lots of hobbies for my spare time,My Favourite is wr...
10/04/2021

Simpson the Bear is my name,
Being the best surgeon is my aim.
I have lots of hobbies for my spare time,
My Favourite is writing poems that rhyme.
Write me a poem and send it in,
There’s a prize for the one that will win.

Simpson's Poetry Competition is open to children aged 12 and under. Send us your poems to [email protected]. The competition is open until the 30th of April.

Simpson the Bear is my name,
Being the best surgeon is my aim.
I have lots of hobbies for my spare time,
My Favourite is writing poems that rhyme.
Write me a poem and send it in,
There’s a prize for the one that will win.

Simpson's Poetry Competition is open to children aged 12 and under. Send us your poems to [email protected]. The competition is open until the 30th of April.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's patron, HRH Prince Philip.The Duk...
09/04/2021

We are saddened to hear of the passing of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's patron, HRH Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh became an honorary Fellow of the College in 1955 and reopened our museum in 2015.

Address

Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, Nicolson St
Edinburgh
EH8 9DW

Bus numbers: 3,5,7,8,14,29,33, 37,47

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+ 44 131 527 1711

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When are you reopening?
Devastated to find I've missed out on the opportunity to attend your Down to the Bone: Exploring the Human Skeleton sessions. Will you be doing these again in the future please?
We'll need to go once they're back open
I've been repeatedly unsuccessful at buying a ticket for your upcoming poisons talk. Eventbrite link just returns a "problem with your order message". Can you please help. With respect. Josh Lieberman, Seattle
If you want a good read set in Edinburgh in 1850 with some beautiful illustrations, there's a new murder mystery novel out this week featuring The Surgeon's Hall, St Giles High Kirk, (old) Parliament House and Infirmary Street (when it actually had an infirmary!): "Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edward-Kane-Parlour-Maid-Murderer-ebook/dp/B08P5S534M/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=edward%20kane&qid=1607717903&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR28L9GpXLWUI16-_oqQpcrzyp_qCoBCOmTpMsr0jg5cnBSD0rXRl7Zbx5A
Cant wait for exams to be over so I can visit!!!💀🦴💀
Honestly worth every penny!! You can spend hours looking at all the exhibition's, extremely interesting and enjoyable!! By far the best museum I've been to!!!!
Not sure if this post is allowed. But Channel 5 are showing 3 operations (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). Tonight's operation is showing open heart surgery (a new aortic valve is implanted), Wednesday operation is a knee rebuild & Thursday is a tumour& surrounding tissue being removed from the bowel
Hi all, the Police have been in looking for a vulnerable adult who has said he is coming here as it is a tall building. If you see someone on site @ 30 years, glasses, beard, grey jumpers, black joggers and black and orange trainers, this could be Matthew who is currently missing. If you do see him on site please can you call 999? Thank you.
Happy Birthday hope you can make it more accessible for us all. Prof Colin Howie and Mr William souter changed my life
Dear All, I am writing as a Program Manager at the International Conference on Pathology and Surgical Pathology scheduled for Sept 06-07, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. I would like to invite students belonging to Pathology background to use this opportunity to bring out your research at an International level. Also, here is an open invitation for students who are interested in being ambassadors for your university. Do contact me for other information. We provide certificates that have international career benefits for the ambassadors. For more info: https://tinyurl.com/y77hnqle Regards, Scarlett