Surgeons' Hall Museums are part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which was founded in 1505 and is one of the oldest medical institutions in the world. The museum expanded hugely in the 1800's to include the remarkable collections of Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay.
Our fascintating collections of bone and tissue specimens, surgical instruments and artworks are spread over two buildings connected by a central stairway.
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
The nearest bus stop on the same side of the road of the museum is about 0.1 miles / 0.2 km from the museum gates and then there is a short walk (less than 1 minute) from the gates to the entrance of the building. There are benches in the museum gardens if you require a seat.
On the opposite side of the road (as if you were heading towards Princes Street) the nearets bus stop is directly opposite the Sainsbury's local. The bus stop is 0.04 to the nearest pedestian crossing which is directly opposite the museum. It is 0.2 miles / 0.2 km from the crossing to the gates of the museum
Travel by taxi
Path to main entrance
The ticket desk to the museum is located on level 3 of the building. There are automatic glass doors into the atrium and there is lift access to level 3 at the back of the atrium.
Getting around inside
Lift to all floors
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
History of Surgery Museum
The History of Surgery Museum is located on the same level as our ticket desk and gift shop. There are several different types of interpretation in this area: standard museum labels; touch screens with additional information; videos and a recreation of an anatomy theatre. The anatomy theatre is a show which recreates the first legal dissection in Scotland. It has 3 levels of raked seating around a dissection table. The body on the table has anatomical drawings projected on it and a video explaining the dissection plays opposite the theatre. While the seating is tiered there is space (533mm) between the table and the first row of seats. The show lasts for 10 minutes.
Lower Level of Pathology Museum
The lower level of our Wohl Patholgy Museum is fully accessible by lift. It is a wide and bright area. There are some videos throughout the gallery as well as several benches.
Upper Level of the Wohl Pathology Museum
There is a portion of the upper gallery in the Wohl Pathology Museum that may not be accessible to wheelchairs wider than 66cm. However there are accessible interactive touch screens which display the items in these restricted sections.We can provide smaller wheelchairs for those able to transfer.
The toilets are fully accessible by lift and can be found on level -1. The door leading into to the toilet corridor is 354 mm. There is one accessible toilet. The sink is 736.6 mm from the floor and the hand dryer is also 736.6 mm from the floor.
Getting around outside
Customer care support
We have small folding walking stick chairs avaialble to use free of charge. Please let a member of our team know if you would like to use one.
Emergency evacuation procedures