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Our Collections

The National Museum of Health and Medicine is dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting the objects, specimens, photographs and documents chronicling the history and practice of medicine over the centuries. Our collections represent archival materials, anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments and artifacts, and microscope slide-based medical research collections. The collections focus particularly on the history and practice of American medicine, military medicine, and current medical research issues. Research opportunities are available by appointment. You may use the "Guide to the Museum Collections" to begin your search. You may also search the "Guide to Museum's Civil War Holdings."

Note: As of November 1, 2016, NMHM is undergoing an extensive collections storage area improvements. Due to the nature of the ongoing work, access to collections affected by the project may be restricted. NMHM anticipates completion by December 31, 2016.

View the NMHM Collections Research Standard Operating Procedure (PDF 96 KB)

Download the NMHM Collections Access Request Form (PDF 21 KB)

Below are a list of our collections: