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Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, is the headquarters of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSED). It houses the Surgeons' Hall Museum, and the library and archive of the RCSED. The present Surgeons' Hall was designed by William Henry Playfair and completed in 1832, and is a category A listed building.
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I was able to catch the bus into Edinburgh and visit the Surgeon's Hall Museum which was a real treat to discover over 500 years of surgical history at one of Scotland's oldest museums. It cost £7 for an adult ticket and worth every penny. This museum is part of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which was founded in 1505 and is one of the oldest institutions in the world. The museum expanded hugely in the 1800s to include remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay. The collections of bone and tissue specimens, surgical instruments and artworks was truly fascinating and not for the faint hearted. I was in my element going at my own pace taking it all in. Uncovering centuries of surgical development with a reconstructed anatomy theatre as a centrepiece. I got to find out the true story of Burke and Hare's notorious exploits. After my visit I enjoyed a light snack in Cafè 1505 adjacent to the Surgeon's Hall and was able to get a 15% discount with my museum ticket.
If you are a doctor or a nurse or a dentist or you studied anything related to medicine or you maybe are curious about human life this is the place for you. I will never forget the experience. It basically shows you the history of dentist and medical discoveries in the human body and also, the evolution of tools. I had never seen so many brains in flasks with different illnesses and deceases. You could freak out but it's interesting to see they were our ancestors and many of the things they suffered or died for have been eradicated. That's why this museum is a place to learn about life.
An absolutely fascinating and in depth look into the human body and the history of surgery and medical conditions. It may not be for everybody as most of the exhibitions are quite graphic (obviously) but if you have a strong stomach and a strong curiosity you will love this museum. Do not miss this if you are in the area.
This place is amazing. So much history and information to be found in such a small space. The exhibits were all items of great important in the annals of medical history and most of it were explained in great detail with interesting historical excerpts. Some display cabinets had a little too many pieces with lots of numbers arranged in occasionally non-sequential order making tracing their names/function slightly more difficult. But a great exhibition all round and definitely one for anyone with their toes in the medical profession.
Of all the museums I visited in Edinburgh, the was the most fascinating by far! I literally could have spent all day here. There's a modest fee for admission, and it allows you access to a few different floors of exhibits dealing with the history and development of modern medicine. I found the pathology specimens incredibly intriguing. If you enjoy science or medicine, give this museum a try!