The Wohl Pathology Museum part of Surgeons Hall Museums Edinburgh
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Surgeons’ Hall Museums

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Surgeons’ Hall Museums,┬áNicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh runs these three fascinating museums that make up Surgeons’ Hall Museums. They are: The Wohl Pathology Museum, The History of Surgery and The Dental Collection.

The Royal College of Surgeons has an amazing collection of medical items, which it has been collecting since 1505. Originally they were teaching museums, but they have been open to the public since 1832. Together they make up one of Scotland’s oldest museum collections. The items are now on display at Surgeons’ Hall, a 19th century grade A listed building on Nicolson Street.

The Wohl Pathology Museum

This is on the top floor of the building. Learn about the origins of medical collections from 16th century cabinets of curiosity and see how specimens are prepared and preserved. Find out about the role of Women in Surgery and the Edinburgh Seven, as well as how warfare changed the landscape of military surgery.

The History Of Surgery

This museum explores Edinburgh’s contribution to modern surgical practice. It focuses on important dates and people in Scotland’s medical history. Learn about forensics in Edinburgh and view some of the museums oldest specimens. Discover more about the infamous bodysnatchers Burke and Hare, and Joseph Bell, the inspiration behind Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

The Dental Collection

This is one of the best dental collections in the UK. It shows the development of dentistry from its origins to present day. The exhibition includes artefacts such as dental instruments, prints, paintings, engravings and models. It also has a reconstructed 19th century dentist’s office.

Visit Surgeons’ Hall Museums

See the Surgeons’ Hall website for ticket prices and more information.