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National Museum of Health & Medicine
Ranked #105 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum, created after the Civil War, has several exhibits displaying gruesome injuries from the battlefield and detailing some of the medical techniques used.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

You know what they say "good things come in little packages". Took about an hour and a half to go through the whole thing. Employees were very nice and helpful. We were given a greeting and a map at arrival. The three other people I went with were not medical people but, still enjoyed and learned. As said previously not for young children.

1  Thank Storm886
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Now in Silver Spring, MD, this small museum is well worth the visit. Take the time to look closely at exhibits as every one had a story of note - the bullet that killed Lincoln and some of his hair, for example. Some exhibits are pretty graphic - good, but not for the faint hearted. A great plus - our tax dollars at work - admission free.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My 8 yr old is interested in science, so we decided to explore the museum of medicine. Unfortunately, the museum turned out not to be designed for kids. It had not hands-on or interactive exhibits, and explorations are geared toward older students and adults.
The museum is small and quiet, no tours or anything of this kind.

1  Thank Julia B
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This museum offers a fascinating and instructive look at the history of military medicine over the past 200 years. It also has an exhibit featuring anatomical specimens that visitors can examine to understand the human body better. This includes displays of preserved brains that show the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It sounds gory but it's well-done and so interesting. You do need to be someone who takes the time to read the accompanying text to get the most out of the displays. My teenager says it's all easy to read. His input is that "It was cool to see all the preserved body parts." We were fortunate to encounter a staff member who was teaching museum docents about Civil War-era amputations and so he showed us all of the surgical tools that a surgeon would have used during that era.

The museum is easy to get to if you are in the Bethesda, Maryland area. It is just 7 minutes off of the 495 Beltway. It is clean, well-lit, and occupies the first floor of the building with three rooms of exhibits. No food is available for sale. Ample parking and admission is free. Definitely worth the visit for the curious mind.

1  Thank Anne B
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I really like this small museum. It has the bullet that killed Abe Lincoln, General Sickle's leg, and Walter Reed's Microscope. However, this museum is not kid-friendly . . . unlike the Smithsonian museums downtown where bus-loads of children and teenagers are often swarm and are allowed to be noisy.

We were actually told to control our 2 year-old son from dancing and running slowly down the hallway near (away from the exhibits). He was not even screaming, singing, or making other noises.

To some extent, I can understand the guard's request to "better control our son" as this museum is almost always empty or near-empty and very quiet. Given my recent experience, I feel this museum is not kid-friendly and more geared to older adults.

1  Thank L J M
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