It might not be for everyone but a visit to the Surgeons’ Museum is fascinating. Edinburgh in 1800 was a leading centre of anatomical study with students arriving to study from all the great cities, Charles Darwin himself came to Edinburgh to study anatomy at the University. The Surgeons’ Museum was originally created as a reference and teaching museum for medicine students, but now houses the Surgeons Hall Museum’s extraordinary collections including human tissue specimens, bones, skeletons, works of art and pioneering surgical equipment that makes surgery look positively medieval!

The exhibits are peculiar, captivating, grotesque and extraordinary, demonstrating how incredible our bodies are. The museum is housed in a beautiful building with columned entrance just opposite the Festival Theatre.