Anatomical Museum

Visit the Anatomical Museum and lecture theatre in 2019

The Anatomical Museum is open to the public on select 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. At all other times the museum is a study space for medical students and there is no visitor access.





Monday 26th - Friday 30th August (12noon -3pm)  - ‘Art and Anatomy’ Exhibition Open Week.


Saturday 31st August (10am - 4pm, last entry 3:30pm) - Museum Open Day and ‘Art and Anatomy’ Exhibition.


Saturday 28th September (10am - 4pm, last entry 3:30pm). Open as part of the Cockburn Association Heritage Doors Open Day. On this annual September Doors Open Day the museum will be extremely busy, entry will be on a first come, first served basis and a queuing system will be in operation throughout the day.


Saturday 26th October (10am -4pm, last entry 3:30pm) - Museum Open Day


Saturday 30th November (10am - 4pm, last entry 3:30pm) - Museum Open Day


Saturday 28th December - MUSEUM CLOSED. This date comes within the Christmas closure period for the University.


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.

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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 if you require further information.


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

Wheelchair access

There is a lift to all floors allowing the museum to be accessed by visitors with restricted mobility. Please contact the museum directly at if you require further information.

Car parking

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


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