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National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

The Army Medical Museum (progenitor to today's National Museum of Health and Medicine) was founded in 1862 to collect "specimens of morbid anatomy . . . together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed" in order to improve the care of the soliders during the Civil War. Early curators at the AMM solicited contributions from battlefield surgeons working throughout the Union Army. Their work was eventually compiled into the six-volume "The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion," published between 1870 and 1883. Today, the NMHM is home to five major research collections comprising more than 25 million objects, including thousands of Civil War-era anatomical specimens, photographs, medical illustrations and medical technology, such as field surgical kits and prosthetic devices. Among the most popular anatomical specimens and historical artifacts on display at the museum are those related to President Abraham Lincoln, including the bullet that ended his life and bone fragments and hair from the site of the wound. Also on display is the lower right leg of Major General Daniel E. Sickles, who was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. After his leg was amputated, he required that it be sent to the Army Medical Museum in a small box bearing a calling card with the message, "With the compliments of Major General D.E.S.'


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From Virginia and the South: Take I-395 north toward Washington and take the exit on the left onto US-1 N/14th Street toward the National Mall and continue to 14th Street NW. Turn left onto Military Road NW and then take the ramp to 16th Street NW. Turn right onto 16th Street; at the traffic circle, continue straight on 16th Street. Make a slight left onto Second Ave and then turn left onto Linden Lane. The Museum will be on the left. For directions from other locations, please visit the website.

Visitor Services

Rest rooms, group tours, wheelchair accessible, dining facilities nearby.

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Daily: 10:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.



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