Anatomical Museum

Visit the Anatomical Museum and lecture theatre in 2019

We are open to the public on the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm). 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. At all other times the museum is a study space for medical students and there is no visitor access.

Saturday 27 April - NOTE: This month a new lift is being installed and unfortunately there will be NO LIFT ACCESS for visitors with restricted mobility, wheelchairs or prams. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This essential work will allow the museum to improve accessibility for visitors in future.

Saturday 25 May - NOTE: This month a new lift is being installed and unfortunately there will be NO LIFT ACCESS for visitors with restricted mobility, wheelchairs or prams. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This essential work will allow the museum to improve accessibility for visitors in future.

June - CLOSED

July - CLOSED

Saturday 31 August

Saturday 28 September (Open as part of the Edinburgh Heritage Doors Open Day. Due to overwhelming popularity visitors there will be a queuing sytem in place to visit the museum to maintain fire and health & safety regulations)

Saturday 26 October

Saturday 30 November 

December - CLOSED

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.

Restrictions

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.

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Accessibility

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.

Stairs

There are six flights of stairs up to the museum. The route will be well signposted.

Wheelchair access

PLEASE NOTE: For the APRIL and MAY 2019 Open Days a new lift is being installed and unfortunately there will be NO LIFT ACCESS for visitors with restricted mobility, wheelchairs or prams. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This essential work will allow the museum to improve accessibility for visitors in future.

Car parking

There are two disabled parking spaces in the courtyard in front of the museum entrance at Doorway 3.

Toilets

The toilets incuding accessible toilets on the first and ground floors. Please ask the museum staff for assistance.