We ventured again into Edinburgh with half a plan. Today we were going to do some bits I had wanted to do in Edinburgh, but hadn’t gotten around to them.
Our first stop was the Surgeons’ Hall Museums. I desperately wanted to do these during my Fringe trip, but it just didn’t work out. This time I was determined to go, and so it was our first stop. There are three museums to visit at the Surgeons’ Hall: The History of Surgery Museum, The Wohl Pathology Museum and The Dental Collection, and it is £7 for an adult to visit all three. My cousin and I only visited the History of Surgery Museum and The Wohl Pathology Museum as we were starting to feel overwhelmed. However, although these museums are gruesome and graphic, they are also incredibly interesting. There is a lot of information available and I really enjoyed a virtual dissection in the main museum. A lot of the exhibits are also morbidly interesting, such as a pocketbook made out of grave robber Burke’s skin. It’s not for everyone, but it is very informative.
After visiting the Surgeons’ Hall Museums we popped into Blackwells just to have a look. Both my cousin and I bought a few books. Oops.
Somehow, we had picked up a map for a 101 Objects quest in our adventures, and as it was ending at the end of the month, we decided to see as many as we could. Realising as we read through the map that we had already seen quite a few of the objects, we decided to go to the National Museum of Scotland, where a lot of the items were.
I really enjoyed what we saw of the National Museum of Scotland. We briefly saw Dolly the Sheep before exploring the Kingdom of the Scots section. I really enjoyed this, we saw so many historical exhibits, such as the Maiden, and a lot were on our list. I felt like I learnt a lot about Scottish history in this part of the museum, and I didn’t want to leave. My favourite exhibit was the Arthur’s Seat Coffins as they were so chilling. I just want to know more about them.
Although this was an odd day it was really fun, and very educational. We learnt a lot and went home with a lot to think about (and read).
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