National Museum of Health & Medicine

National Museum of Health & Medicine, Silver Spring: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, National Museum of Health & Medicine Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Health & Medicine

National Museum of Health & Medicine
4.5
Science Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for the collection of specimens and artifacts for research related to trauma and pathology. The museum's mission to preserve and explore the impact of military medicine spans more than 150 years and includes each major U.S. armed conflict. However, military medicine does not exist in a vacuum, and it is the museum's vision to preserve, inspire, and inform the history, research, and advancement of military as well as civilian medicine through world-class collections, digital technology, and public engagement. Visit the museum to learn about topics ranging from combat casualty care and traumatic brain injury, to the history of vaccine development and techniques in forensic identification.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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ProfBAM
Ayden, North Carolina, United States99 contributions
Interesting hidden museum
Dec 2021
Whenever I go to DC, I take the Red Line to the Forest Glen Metro Station and walk the 1.2 miles through a residential neighborhood to the NMHM in order to view my father’s mural. When you walk through the entrance, his 10’ X 7’ mural greets you. He painted it in 1944 as a buck Private while recuperating from life-saving surgery.

The museum has a lot of interesting stuff on medicine and history of past wars. Also, they have the bullet that killed Abe Lincoln in a Lincoln display. Unfortunately, they have about half of the space compared to the building on the old Walter Reed campus and I know that they have a lot more to show. For example, the NMHM has the world’s largest collection of microscopes, but only 3 from the 17th century were on display.

If you go through and take your time, it will take about an hour to see what is on display.
Written December 3, 2021
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Joyce A
Concord, New Hampshire151 contributions
Small, but interesting
Aug 2021
I came for the Lincoln exhibit, but naturally took the time to see everything they had on display while I was there. The two gentlemen at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. I visited on a weekday afternoon and there was almost nobody else in the whole place, so taking my time and reading the provided information about the exhibits was no problem. Not for the ultra-squeamish, but a bit less disturbing than the Mutter Museum.
Written August 21, 2021
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Martin N
Auburn, CA16 contributions
Great stuff.
Nov 2019
Who knew this place was there. Great relics. Good demonstrations. No crowds; free admission. Whats not to like.
Written December 14, 2019
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LisandroVoyager
Washington DC, DC761 contributions
Neat special exhibit on military hospital ships with photos, displays and ship models
Nov 2019
This is an interesting aspect of our maritime history and covers such ships from the mid 19th century, used even on the Mississippi and other rivers of North America. The exhibit covers the history of many of such vessels and the different lifetimes they had particularly during the many wars involving US forces. There is no paid admission as it's free to enter. Open every day except Christmas day.
Written November 20, 2019
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,539 contributions
Small, but worth it
Oct 2019
This is a very small museum and it only takes about an hour to get through. It’s more like a military medical museum, so a lot of it has to do with wars, like skulls with bullet holes and old medical instrument kits. The coolest things this museum has to offer, though, are various Abraham Lincoln artifacts, including the gun that shot him, his hair and his skull fragments. The museum is free and is open every day of the week. My husband hates war, so I’m not sure he enjoyed this museum particularly well. However, for what this museum is worth, it has a lot of cool things, so go there if you have time and check out Lincoln’s skull fragments.
Written October 12, 2019
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cmariert
Elmer, NJ298 contributions
Cool stop!
Jul 2019 • Family
We didn’t know about this place and are glad we stopped! It’s a small museum- but it’s free! No crowds to contend with and we were able to take our time and look at the exhibits. We found it quite interesting to see items demonstrating wounds from the civil war and Abraham Lincoln exhibit with items from his assassination.
Written July 22, 2019
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Rachel L
Dover, NH37 contributions
Absolutely wonderful
Jul 2019
This is a must do! It is a little bit of a drive but 100% worth it!! The staff is knowledgeable and very nice. It wasn’t crowded. The stuff in this museum was absolutely amazing. I took my six kids ages 17-2. We got to touch real human organs!!! I could have spent hours here!!
Written July 3, 2019
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CWfore
Portage, WI57 contributions
Interesting museum off the beaten path
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice little museum with interesting exhibits. If you have limited time I would not forgo the major tourists museums though. The exception would be if you are very interested in the civil war or medicine. There is a video presentation that is a bit dated but still interesting. The museum is free and associated with Walter Reed medical Center.
Written April 27, 2019
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kanford46
Kensington, MD68 contributions
A rather Strange museum!
Nov 2018 • Friends
This museum which is run by the Federal Government is a bit bizarre and not for everyone. The displays are graphic and different!
Written March 13, 2019
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Hans S
Corpus Christi, TX367 contributions
Great little find in the DC Area
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a very interesting museum about medicine and specifically military medicine and all the things that can wrong the human body in warfare (and how to patch them up.)

They have a variety of medical artifacts up to and including the bullet that killed President Lincoln.

If you have a high school age child thinking of maybe going into the medical field this is a must see. For others it is well worth your time too. Plan approx. 1 hour for your visit.
Written December 30, 2018
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