Surgeons' Hall Museum reopen after major transformation

Published: 25 September 2015

Surgeons' Hall is a major medical museum in Scotland and one of Edinburgh's many tourist attractions. The museum is also a part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The reopening sees the return of popular exhibits such as a pocket book made from the skin of the infamous murderer William Burke, and exhibits linked to Dr Joseph Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's teacher and main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.

New exhibits include a reproduction of a 17th Century dissection theatre where, using digital technology, visitors can experience a dissection of a human body just as medical students did 300 years ago.

The reopening has been supported by a £2.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which looks to feature more interactive and displays exhibitions for visitors to explore the stories and breakthrough that has helped the surgical practice today.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums opens to the public from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week from Thursday 24 September 2015.

SHM will be officially opened by The Duke of Edinburgh on Monday 28 September (this is a private opening; photographs will be available after the visit, upon request).

You can also book your meetings and events at the Royal College of Surgeons through our meetingedinburgh website.