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“Go if you have any interest at all in the history of medicine, it was great!”

Dittrick Medical History Center
Ranked #57 of 194 things to do in Cleveland
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

First, let me say that one of the reasons this museum is getting a "very good" instead of an "excellent" is not the fault of the museum--location, location, location! Shame on the campus of Case Western University for not providing any signs whatsoever to help visitors find this amazing museum! Even after stopping to ask a security guard we wandered for ages in the rain trying to find the place. It's inside the medical library there, incidentally.

The museum itself is beautifully curated. Well done to the curator of this museum!!!! You are a master of your craft! Having said that, at one point you came up to us to say hello and tell us about an upcoming exhibit and you almost exclusively only spoke to my boyfriend, barely glancing at me. Did you perhaps assume that it would be the male in a couple that would be the primary person interested in the medical museum??? It was offputting. Having said that, really, the person that curated these exhibits is a master of her craft and handled potentially controversial subjects related to childbirth and birth control with deft humor, sensitivity and sensibility. I would highly recommend this museum to anyone--especially women like me who drag their boyfriends to medical museums :).

I made a priority of visiting this museum because there are not many of its kind and that makes it a national treasure as far as I am concerned. Please do consider making this museum, which is free, a must-see if you are in Cleveland.

Here's a summary of my visit:

Pros
--Unbelievable content with sensitive and balanced treatment of potentially controversial topics that doesn't shy away from discussion
--One of the most excellently curated and displayed museums I have ever been in.
--It's free!!!!!

Cons
--Really, really hard to find if you don't know the university
--It's a serious hike to get there
--Not much content on the history of diseases, including history of sexually transmitted diseases, which I would have thought would dovetail in nicely with all of the displays on reproduction and childbirth.

Somebody get these people a huge grant so they can have more space and can give their curator a well deserved raise!

4  Thank busitrav33
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Always wanted to visit here and finally made it. They had fascinating displays! Enjoyed the early contraception items and early photographs. All displays are of antique/vintage medical history and items. Recommended!!

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