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National Museum of Health & Medicine, Washington DC

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  • This is a very small museum, and even with reading many of the signs and watching a video we only spent about 30-45 minutes visiting. Some exhibits were interesting, but not worth a special trip. It i...  more »
  • My kids loved this one. It is out of the way but worth the trip if you are interested in a smaller museum with some interesting medical items. The highlight was the bullet that killed Lincoln as he sa...  more »
  • Toured with my granddaughters 12 & 14. Both enjoyed, but the older one enjoyed more--the younger one said parts were "gross". As a nurse it was very fascinating to me! This museum is in Silver Springs...  more »
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  • Great museum. Only downside is that it's not very large. And, just my personal pet peeve, that the intended flow of what to read first or next wasn't always clear - so I ended up reading some displays backwards. Mostly not suited for kids, pretty graphic. Great if you're into anatomy. Free parking.
  • So I told myself that I would go in look around and quickly choose items to write about for my class project. I ended up staying there for over 2 hours! I was fascinated with all of the rich history involving medicine that was displayed and archived there. Each exhibit was more interesting than the next. I even got to hold a human brain and a heart in my hands! The museum staff from the front door to the persons helping explain the various exhibits were knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. I may be a bit biased because I'm a self-proclaimed museum nerd, but I would definitely go back and visit again with my family.
  • Overall amazing museum if you are into human anatomy, but I prefer the section where it tells about advances in military safety. Nice to go to a museum outside of DC.
  • The displays are fascinating. There could be more interactive displays. Also would appreciate more indepth descriptions of the pathology presented.
  • Some or most displays are inappropriate for kids, but very educational for adults. The only downside that museum consists of 2-3 rooms. I wish it had more material and displays.

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