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National Museum of Health & Medicine

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Address: 2500 Linden Lane SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND!!!, AFIP, Building 54, Washington DC, DC 20910
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This museum, created after the Civil War, has several exhibits displaying...

This museum, created after the Civil War, has several exhibits displaying gruesome injuries from the battlefield and detailing some of the medical techniques used.

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Military Medical History

This relatively new location for a museum and collection that dates to the time of the Civil War includes the bullet removed from Lincoln's brain, the blood stained cuffs from the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This relatively new location for a museum and collection that dates to the time of the Civil War includes the bullet removed from Lincoln's brain, the blood stained cuffs from the shirt worn by one of his attending physicians, and the preserved leg blown off General Sickles at Gettysburg ( he survived and ordered the doctors to keep it. He... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The museum originated during the Civil War as casualties soared and examples of morbid anatomy were created through the violence of war. While small, the museum offers some exhibits you will see NOWHERE else (and its free). As history buffs, the chance to see the actual bullet from Booth's gun that killed our 16th President was a draw by itself.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

What this museum does is very cool - their role is a bit like that of the fictional Jeffersonian on the show, Bones. However, little of that, or anything else recent, is on display. And where are the flasks Fleming blew himself and used to show that soaking wounds in antiseptic doesn't really get them clean? They could do so... More 

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Upland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is a small museum dedicated largely to military medicine. It has some very interesting artifacts (including the bullet that killed President Lincoln). Allow an hour or so and take your GPS to help you find it. The National Park Seminary is across the street and is worth a drive through.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

SO many medical specimens and tools from early medicine. Many artifacts from the Civil War. Really an interesting and informative adventure.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Free entry. Great museum of medical artifacts showing the advances in medical studies and surgical techniques. Lots of skulls from the war showing bullet wounds. Many bones with bullets still embedded. Plasticized human remains, full brain and spinal column, human organs. Not gross or disgusting when viewed from a scientific perspective. If you're squeamish be prepared for some shocking displays.

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Chhicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Nicely laid out, and not very large, so you can get through in an hour. Very interesting artifacts and items on display. I feel, however, that this is really more for those with some medical knowledge. Much of this was above my head. Also, perhaps I have a bit of a queasy stomach, cuz after looking closely at some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is well worth a visit. It's a bit off the main grid so use your GPS to find it. The museum does a great job explaining the positive role military doctors have had in terms of impacting and advancing medical care of traumatic brain injury, and emergency care pertaining to gunshot wounds, burns et al. The museum is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I happened to be staying in Silver Spring, just up the street from the Museum, so going over was not a great investment of time or energy. Had I put aside the time to visit from across DC or Virginia, I would have been disappointed. As a general evaluation, I would say that if you are someone who follows medicine,... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is a very small but interesting museum. It's not near any of the major tourist areas so it's a little out of the way. There are many examples of pathology such as amputated limbs, diseased parts of the body, etc. There are also historical items such as the bullet that actually killed Lincoln. There are only a few rooms... More 

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