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Anatomical Museum

Door open days

29 September 2018 (10.00-16.00)


The Anatomical Museum at the University of Edinburgh opened in 1884 and still forms an integral part of the ‘Old Medical School’ (designed by Robert Rowand Anderson). Anderson submitted building plans after touring the classical medical schools of Europe and his final design mixed elements of Scottish architecture with a 'Cinquecento' Italian style.

The museum has one of the largest and best-preserved collections of anatomy in Scotland, as well as the skeleton of the serial killer William Burke. The specimens and preparations on display have helped to teach anatomy to students for 300 years. Today the museum is still used by medical students as a resource and study space. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.

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Key Information

Architect: Robert Rowand Anderson

Building Date: 1874

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Where to find us

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG