One of Scotland’s oldest museums has been upgraded to a five-star visitor attraction by the national tourism body.
Surgeons’ Hall Museums, first opened in 1832, has been increased from a four-star visitor attraction.
Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, the it explores Edinburgh’s unique contribution to surgical practice with collections including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art.
Owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the attraction consists of three collections, The Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection.
The museum was renovated over an 18-month spell in 2014/15 before a grand reopening by HRH Prince Philip in September 2015. The latest grading from VisitScotland is the first the museum has received since the renovation.
Chris Henry, Director of Heritage at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said: “It was always our intention to provide a first class visitor experience at Surgeons’ Hall Museums and this award recognises the hard work that all the staff put in to ensure that any visitor to the museum gets an enjoyable, enlightening visit.”
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “It is even more fitting, in the Year of History, Heritage and Archeology, that such an historically significant attraction has achieved a five-star Quality Assurance award.”
For more on Surgeons’ Hall Museums, visit http://museum.rcsed.ac.uk
For more information on the VisitScotland Quality Assurance scheme, visit www.visitscotland.org