National Museum of Health and Medicine Near The Whitney: This Unique Museum Isn’t for the Faint of Heart!


If you are looking for an interesting day at the museum, The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring might be just what the doctor ordered—pun intended! This one-of-a-kind museum was first established as the Army Medical Museum during the 1860s, when it housed "specimens for research in military medicine and surgery."

Nowadays, the museum’s collections include millions of artifacts, including skeletons, preserved organs, and medical devices. You'll also find photographs, archival documents, and historic objects related to the medical attempts to save President Lincoln's life in the hours after he was shot. The main exhibits include displays on Civil War medicine, the history of medical technology, and the changing role of the military field surgeon from the 1860s to the 1970s.

Located not too far from The Whitney, the National Museum of Health and Medicine is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m daily. Admission is free, but you are required to show a photo ID in order to enter.

National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 319-3300