The Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology material in the United Kingdom. Developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine it has also been open to the general public since 1832. Making is Scotland's oldest museum.
Visitors to Surgeons' Hall can, for the first time, take home a full colour illustrated guide to the main collections held in the RCSEd Museum. The new 200 page 'anthology' brings together stunning photographs of specimens and artefacts in the College collections and sets them alongside poems and written extracts from books and documents connected to the Museum's history.
The museum also houses an exhibition on Edinburgh's notorious body snatchers/serial killers Burke and Hare. Burke's death mask and the book bound from his skin can all be found at the History of Surgery Museum.