University of Edinburgh Anatomical Museum

Venue details
Doorway 3, Medical School
Edinburgh Area
Telephone (box office)
0131 228 1404
About the venue

A collection consists of 12,000 objects and specimens that tell the story of 300 years of anatomical teaching at the University of Edinburgh.

About one third of the museum’s collection is related to pathology, anatomy and zoology.

Exhibits include human skeletal remains, dried and fluid preserved specimens, as well as anatomical teaching models.

The rest of the collections include phrenology, pharmacology, anthropology, ethnography, forensics and artworks.

The museum displays a number of unique objects including the skull of George Buchanan (tutor to James VI), a dissected body demonstrating the lymphatic system injected with mercury (dated 1788) and the skeleton of notorious murderer William Burke (1829).

In 2016 the Anatomical Museum was awarded ‘Accredited’ status by Museums Galleries Scotland.

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