Thursday, January 28, 2010

Museum Tour

National Museum of Health and Medicine
Whether you want to see the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln, learn about the evolution of the microscope, or marvel at the medical advances of the Civil War, you can do it all at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Originally established as the Army Medical Museum during the Civil War* as a storehouse of specimens, tools, and techniques, the National Museum of Health and Medicine has expanded to become one of the greatest catalogues of modern medical history in our country.

More than a mere gallery or library, museum staff have performed vital research over the decades - including pioneering photomicrography and researching infectious diseases.

One of the rotating exhibits currently at the museum is a collection of paintings on the nature of plagues. From the Renaissance religious paintings of the leporous to the modern journalists photos of an ebola outbreak, few images evoke as universal a reaction in humans as those of plague victims. The sense of suffering and the inevitability of one's own demise are inescapable.

Memento Mori, Bryn Barnard

Outbreak: Plagues That Changed History has been extended through March 7, so if you thought you missed your chance, well you haven't. The collection covers the black death, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, yellow fever and influenza.

Click here for directions and hours.

*you know, the War of Northern Aggression, where the Yankee banking class tried to stomp out the working class way of life in the south (why yes, I did grow up in The South, why do you ask?)

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