Surgeons' Hall Museums, Edinburgh

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Not for the squeamish, Surgeons' Hall Museums houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world. Originally developed as a teaching museum for medical students, its collections have been open to the public since 1832, making it one of Scotland’s oldest museums. These collections include bone and tissue specimens, surgical artifacts, and works of art. Gawk at the displays, learn about the history of surgery from the 16th century to today, and even test your own surgical skills with interactive displays. As you would expect, it is quite gruesome in some areas, and the faint-hearted might want to pass on the pickled fetus and skin-covered pocketbook. Make Surgeons' Hall Museums a centerpiece of your Edinburgh vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Edinburgh vacation tool .
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  • Decided to stop in to the Surgeons’ Hall Museum for an hour, wish I’d allowed longer!! What a great, we’ll-organized display of the history of medical/anatomical understanding and practice. Fascinatin...  more »
  • If your into exploring the finer and not so finer parts , organs and extremities of the human body, This is the place for you... you will see everything and more, preserved in all their glory for all ...  more »
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  • This is my favorite museum in the world. As a biological anthropologist, the collections are astounding, intriguing, and deeply informative! There aren't many places in the world where one can see so many rare (and commonplace) diseases in preserved, fleshed specimens. Furthermore, it showcases how many contributions to modern medicine have been made by Scottish men and women. Don't miss the notebook made from the skin of one of the most notorious murderers of the 19th century!
  • This is a fabulous museum full of interesting artifacts for all tastes. Recently refurbished you make the most of the collection it also brings home just how fortunate we are to live today with modern medicine, devices for healthcare and dentistry. The reproduction of a dissection is fascinating and enlightening
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