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Member Preview Day - Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

1 Jul 2022
10:00 - 20:00

Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3

Free, drop-in

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Illustration from Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani, Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, 1747. Credit: Wellcome Collection.

Illustration from Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani, Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, 1747. Credit: Wellcome Collection.

We are delighted to invite National Museums Scotland Members and Patrons to an exclusive Preview Day of Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life before the exhibition opens to the public.

Explore the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders, before Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life opens to the public.

The exhibition will look at the social and medical history surrounding the practice of dissection. It will trace the relationship between anatomy, its teaching and cultural context and the bodies that were dissected. Looking at Edinburgh’s role as an international centre for medical study, the exhibition will offer insight into the links between science and crime in the early 19th century.

On the day Members and Patrons can enjoy a special buy one get one free offer on all tea and coffee in the Balcony Café and Brasserie Café - just show your Membership card when ordering.

How to book

Tickets are available to Members and Patrons only. Pre-book your tickets using your Membership number.

We will also be able to accommodate walk-ups on the day. Just show your valid Membership card at the exhibition entrance.

Last entry is 19:30. There will be a queuing system in place at the exhibition entrance and our Visitor Experience team will ensure that you can enter the exhibition as quickly and safely as possible.

Please note there will be different entry points for this event depending on what time you visit:
10:00 – 17:00 – main entrance
17:00 – 19:30pm – Lothian Street entrance

If you have any queries about this event please contact  

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Visiting safely

A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines such as enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.

From Monday 18 April, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings but we still strongly recommend that visitors wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:

Social distance icon Please keep your distance from others. We recommend wearing face coverings in our indoor spaces.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Card payments are the preferred method of payment.
Wash your hands often.    

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Find out more about our access information.

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