A group of surgeons gather round a dissection table.

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

National Museum of Scotland

Explore the history of anatomical study from the illustrations of Leonardo Da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders in this major new exhibition. Charting 500 years of medical exploration, the exhibition examines the social and medical history surrounding the practice of dissection, Edinburgh’s role as an international centre for medical study, and the links between science and crime in the early 19th century.

See early examples of anatomical art, and discover the role anatomy played in the Enlightenment. In the 18th century, Edinburgh developed into the UK’s leading centre for medical teaching, and the demand for bodies to dissect vastly outstripped legitimate supply. The exhibition examines the circumstances that gave rise to the Burke and Hare murders in 1828, and highlights the changing practices and attitudes around body provision over the past century and a half, bringing the story right up to date.

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition contains sensitive material.

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Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

Ticket Information

2 July – 30 October | £10 / over 60s £8.50 / student, unemployed, people with disabilities, Young Scot £7.50 / under 16s and carers free / 50% off entry with National Art Pass / National Museum Scotland Members go free

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Venue

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

0300 123 6789

info@nms.ac.uk

www.nms.ac.uk/scotland

Opening times

Daily

10am - 5pm

Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Babychange
  • Café
  • Shop
  • Bike Stand

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

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