Visit the Anatomical Museum in 2019
The museum and lecture theatre will be open on the following dates
Saturday 30 March
Saturday 27 April (PLEASE 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).
Saturday 25 May (PLEASE 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).
June - CLOSED
July - CLOSED
Saturday 31 August
Saturday 28 September
Saturday 26 October
Saturday 30 November
OPENING TIMES - 10am and 4pm (last entry 3:30pm). We are FREE and there is no need to book ahead. Only our September Doors’ Open Day has timed ticket entry due to overwhelming popularity.
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.
Please note: At other times the museum is a study space for medical students and there is no visitor access.
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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. There is a lift to the museum (3rd floor) and the anatomy lecture theatre and elephant skeletons (1st floor). Staff will be on hand to help visitors who require to use the lift during events and open days.
A ramp allows access through Doorway 3 and the lift is on the right. Staff will be on hand to assist wheelchair visitors during events and open days. Please ask the museum staff for assistance.
There are two disabled parking spaces in the courtyard in front of the museum entrance at Doorway 3.
The toilets incuding accessible toilets on the first and ground floors. Please ask the museum staff for assistance.