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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."

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: