Know Before You Go
The gallery is regularly open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. It opens on Sundays and Mondays seasonally and times can be found on their website. Entrance is free.
The grassy quad adjacent to the eastern entrance to the gallery has several unique features. In the northeastern corner once housed the nefarious Dr. Knox's operating theatre. He was the physician responsible for funding the notorious killing spree by the infamous serial murders Burke and Hare.
Along the western wall are a set of steps and a balcony that leads up to one of the museum's entrances. It is at the top of this staircase that the actor James Mason, addressing a large enthusiastic crowd, gave a rallying speech at the end of the 1959 classic Jules Verne film, Journey to the Center of the Earth.