A fake dissection theatre in the History of Surgery Museum at Surgeons' Hall Museums.

Surgeons' Hall Museums


Surgeons' Hall Museums is an award winning Museum that is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.

Body Voyager Gallery
  • Body Voyager Gallery
  • Body Voyager gallery
  • History of Surgery Museum
  • Lower level of the Wohl Pathology Museum
  • Building exterior
  • Dental Collection


Surgeons’ Hall Museums are owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and consist of the History of Surgery Museum, the Wohl Pathology Museum and the Dental Collection. The museum has been open to the public since 1832, making it one of Scotland’s oldest museums. The museum is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the world.

Uncover centuries of surgical development with a reconstructed anatomy theatre as a centrepiece. Hear the story of Scotland’s first public dissection and find out the true story about Burke and Hare in our History of Surgery Museum. Learn the story of Joseph Lister and the breakthrough discovery of antiseptic and James Young Simpson and the discovery of chloroform as an anaesthetic. Find out more about the real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and his connection to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The Wohl Pathology Museum covers topics such as women in surgery and military surgery; from the Battle of Waterloo up to the Second World War.. In the Dental Collection you will see how dentistry techniques have changed over the years.

The Museum is located in Edinburgh’s city center and is easily accessed by foot or bus and is a 10 minute walk from Waverley train station.

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City Centre


Accessible toilets

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Wheelchair access throughout

Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided

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