Visit the Anatomical Museum
The Anatomical Museum is open to the public on the following days only. Entry is FREE and there is no need to book ahead. Our Open Days are very popular and, due to fire and health & safety restrictions in the museum, a queuing system for entry will be in operation at busy times.
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10am - 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Saturday 28th March 2020, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Saturday 30th May 2020, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Why are we not open to the public more often?
The collections and the museum itself are in continual use for teaching, therefore public access is limited. Every time we open to the public we are required by law to have a licenced teacher of anatomy on the premises.
What is on display?
The museum holds human remains prepared for teaching anatomy since the 1700s as well as zoology specimens, phrenology busts and masks, sculptures, artworks and models created to teach anatomy in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is also the location of the skeleton of murderer William Burke who, along with his accomplice William Hare, supplied the anatomy lecturer Dr Robert Knox with bodies for dissection at his anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square in the 1820s. On the 1st floor leading up to the museum there are two asian elephant skeletons and a jawbone collected from a whale stranded on the beach at Longniddry near Edinburgh in 1869.
Things to do
Find the hidden LEGO skeletons with our quiz and complete the hidden word to take home a sticker! Browse the pop up shop for anatomy themed gifts. Tell us what you thought of your visit in our museum feedback form.
Due to the law which governs the display of human remains, strictly no photography or filming is permitted in the museum. Please note, under 16s should be accompanied by an adult. Parents are asked to use their own discretion when deciding to bring younger children to the museum.
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How to find us
Our address is Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.
PLEASE NOTE: The museum and lecture theatre have limited evacuation facilities for people who may require assistance to evacuate, typically restricted mobility. In the event of an emergency, visitors must be able to either self-evacuate using stairs or self-transfer to an evacuation chair. Please contact the museum directly at Anatomy.Edinburgh@ed.ac.uk if you require further information.
There are six flights of stairs up to the museum. The route will be well signposted.
Doorway 3 access and lift
There is ramp access to the building at Doorway 3. The lift is situated on the ground floor by Doorway 3 allowing the museum to be accessed by visitors with restricted mobility. You can use the lift for the 1st floor (elephant skeletons, whale bones and lecture theatre) and the 3rd floor (anatomical museum). Staff will be on hand to assist visitors who require to use the lift during Open Days. Please contact staff on the day or if you require further information ahead of your visit please contact Anatomy.Edinburgh@ed.ac.uk.
There are two disabled parking spaces situated on the left side of the courtyard and close to the museum entrance at Doorway 3.
The toilets including accessible toilets are situated on the ground and first floors. Please ask museum staff for directions or for assistance.