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Anatomical Museum

Door open days

23 September 2017 (10.00-16.00)


The Anatomical Museum was designed by Robert Rowand Anderson as an integral part of the Medical School, and the specimens are still used by Anatomy students.

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 opened in 1884 and was described by William Turner, then Professor of Anatomy, as 'an ornament to the city'. Specimens include skeletons, death masks and fascinating anatomical curiosities.


Key Information

Architect: Robert Rowand Anderson

Building Date: 1874

Assisted wheelchair access.

Prebooking essential :

Where to find us

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