Places to See – National Museum of Health and Medicine

National Museum of Health and Medicine Exterior Entrance

A few weeks ago I was listening on the radio to my favorite writer Brad Meltzer, he was talking about his new book The Fifth Assassin.  Part of the book takes place in a location he described as the “best museum no one knows about”.  The contemporary structure for the National Museum of Health and Medicine is located in Silver Spring, just outside of Washington DC.

Established during the Civil War when the surgeon general ordered medical officers to collect and send specimens to the new museum, it is now home to some fascinating exhibits.  Among the interior displays you will find the bullet that killed President Lincoln (photographed below), a series on skeletal development, an entire room dedicated to military medicine and even a slightly disturbing amputated leg with elephantiasis.

Even though the NMHM is not part of the Smithsonian, admission is still free.  The address for the museum is 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Below are photos from my visit, special thanks to Brad Meltzer for turning me on to this awesome and architectural exiting museum, the NMHM is definitely worth a visit.

The Collection That Teaches National Museum of Health and Medicine

Military Medicine Challenges and Innovations National Museum of Health and Medicine

Human Body Anatomy and Pathology National Museum of Health and Medicine Wet Lab National Museum of Health and Medicine

Lincoln Bullet National Museum of Health and Medicine



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