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“Unique, Small Museum - Worth it if you have a car.”

National Museum of Health & Medicine
Ranked #104 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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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 19 August 2014

I visited this museum several years ago when it was at Walter Reed. I saw they had opened in a new building and location. I did not have a car, but it seemed easy enough to get to using the Metro Red Line. I was staying at Dupont Circle so it was about a 30-45 minute ride on the Metro to get to the stop in Silver Spring, MD. The website indicated it was between a 1-2 mile walk from the Metro to the museum depending on what station you stopped at. It was quite a long walk that went through a residential neighborhood, that might not have been so bad if it wasn't the middle of August. When I got to the museum I was quite surprise at how small it was, the picture on the website makes it looks much larger. The museum is free and is only three rooms of exhibits. However, they have some very unique artifacts. They have the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln as well as pieces of his skull and hair, they have a human hairball, and a megacolon. If you are interested in the history of military medicine and also the oddities of the human body this is the place for you. I was able to take a bus back from the museum to the Metro Station, but it only runs certain times of day. I don't know if I would make the trek again if I didn't have a car, but I am glad I made the trip to see it.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I took my children, ages 16, 8, and 7 on a summer weekday and we were the only people there. If you're at all interested in medicine and health, and particularly military medicine, this is a fascinating place to visit. Highly recommended for teenagers and pre-teens who are into zombies.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

If you want to see how the development of medicine was impacted by war - and vice versa, then you will like this museum. The place is small and out of the way (but you can walk about a mile from the metro), but it was very interesting. Sure, there is a bunch of stuff that folks might consider gross, but the fact is that medicine and war go together - and the displays show it. There are other things that are equally interesting as well and you can go through the whole place in just a couple hours. This was a great find - off the beaten path and not crowded. My daughter wanted to go there because of the Lincoln Exhibit, but the whole thing was cool.

Thank William H
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

They have a website, but see a better description at roadsideamerica. Located north of Washington at Silver Springs. See the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln and some fragments of his skull, plus many gruesome medical exhibits. Not very big; all on one floor. Since you're in the area anyway, find the Mormon temple at 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, MD. Visible as you drive the Beltway, but use your GPS to get there. Beautiful grounds and a temple with six tall spires that look like a fairy castle or maybe a rocket spaceport.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

This little museum, which was originally an army museum started during the Civil War, has lots of interesting items from all wars since the Civil War. In addition, there are some wonderful pathologic specimens. A must-see if you are in healthcare or a war buff. It's tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Silver Springs, so pull out the GPS and find it!

Thank Terry G
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