Anatomical Museum

Visit the Anatomical Museum in 2018

The museum will be open on the following dates.

Edinburgh Art Festival 2018.

Friday 10th August (12 noon, 3pm)

Anatomy@edinburgh is hosting ‘Warmed Air’ an artistic performance by Laura Gonzalez, Paul Michael Henry, Laura Bradshaw and Steven Anderson. This performance explores levels of perceiving and experiencing the body, from the tangible sensations of one’s own body and the memories that form the stories of our bodies, to the relationships our bodies have with those of others, both alive and dead.

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 - ‘Anatomy of Fleeting Moments (Hospital Impressions)’.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August (between 12-3pm)    

Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th August (between 12-3pm)

Hans K Clausen and Kjersti Sletteland, artists based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, have worked over the past year on an NHS Lothian project across hospital and community health sites collecting hand-squeezed porcelain ‘impressions’ from patients, staff and visitors, representing the hospital community at its most eclectic. Clausen and Sletteland have collaborated with writer Jenni Fagan and over 700 individual participants, to present a fascinating exhibition set amidst the iconic and theatrical backdrop of the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Museum. Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Free with no advance booking required.


Saturday 25th August  (between 10 - 4pm with last entry 3.30pm)

(Last chance to view Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 event -

Free with no advance booking required.


Saturday 29th September 2018.  Edinburgh Heritage Doors Open Day  - (entry by ticket only)

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October 27th  (between 10-4pm with last entry 3:30pm)

Free with no advance booking required.


November 24th  (between 10-4pm with last entry 3:30pm)

Free with no advance booking required.


CLOSED - December 2018 - The end of the month comes within the statutory university Christmas closure period. The museum will plan to be open at the end of January 2019.


At other times the museum is a study space for medical students and there is no visitor access.  You can like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep up with news and events.


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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 accessibility for people with restricted mobility. In the event of an emergency, visitors must be able to self-evacuate using stairs. 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. 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.

Wheelchair access

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.

Car parking

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


The toilets are on the ground floors. There are easy access toilets on the ground and first floors. Please ask the museum staff for assistance.


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 Anatomical Museum.