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Guided tours are scheduled for groups of 10 or more individuals. Guided tours are available for students pre-K and up, and adults. Tour programs are tailored to suit the age and needs of the group. All tour programs and parking at the Museum are free of charge. The Museum asks that all groups schedule tours at least four weeks in advance.

General Tour

General tour (Grades 4 and up): This is an in-depth overview of the Museum's permanent exhibits, including "Military Medicine: Challenges and Innovations," "Civil War Collections," "The Human Body: Anatomy and Pathology," and others.

Teacher's guides are available with activity suggestions, vocabulary, and a description of the tour for grades 4-8 and 9-12.

Approximate duration: 90 minutes. Tour limited to 40 students (and minimum 10 students).

Human Body Tour

Human Body Experience (Grades preK-2nd): You and your students will explore the wonders of the human body, each of its systems and the importance of how each system works. Your visit will consist of two guided activities including an art activity and plastinated anatomical specimens, followed by a self-guided tour of the museum's galleries. *The museum strongly recommends leaders to visit the museum prior to bringing their students for the tour.

A teacher's guide is available with activity suggestions, vocabulary, and a description of the tour.

Approximate duration: 60 minutes. Tour limited to 25 students (and minimum 10 students).

A Forensics Mystery

A Forensics Mystery (Grades 5 and up): After a Museum docent introduces the topic of the science behind the identification of human remains, participants work in pairs or small groups on the exhibit floor to gather information about a set of bones, estimating age, sex, height, and evaluating trauma, dental profile, material evidence and DNA. As a whole group, they then use the evidence and profiles of missing persons to determine whose remains they may have been examining. A teacher's guide is available with activity suggestions, vocabulary and a description of the tour.

Approximate duration: 60 minutes. Workshop limited to 35 students (and minimum 10 students).

Medical Museum Discovery Carts

Medical Museum Discovery Carts (all ages): Enhance your museum experience by interacting with one of the Medical Museum's Discovery Carts! These carts provide an instructional and fun, interactive experience for families and self-guided groups. Carts are dependent on guide availability.

Approximate duration: 15 minutes.


Empathy Belly™ Pregnancy Simulation (Grades 9 and up): During a hands-on classroom demonstration, a Museum docent will outfit one or two members of the group with The Empathy Belly™ to show how nine months of pregnancy impacts the human body. The Empathy Belly™ is a weighted "garment" that will enable female and male wearers to temporarily experience more than 20 of the typical symptoms and effects of pregnancy. This program is designed for teenagers and adults.

**Parental consent is required for participants age 18 and younger. Contact the Museum for more information: 301-319-3312 or USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil.

Approximate duration: 60 minutes. Program limited to 35 students.

Programs for Larger Groups


Introduction: This is an excellent way for groups to take advantage of the Museum's exhibitions. A docent provides visitors with a brief overview of the history of the NMHM and its exhibits and allows participants to see and touch real plastinated human organs. After the presentation, the group may spend as much time as desired looking at the exhibits.

Teacher's guides are available with activity suggestions, vocabulary, and a description of the tour for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Approximate duration: 20 minutes. The Introduction is recommended for groups of 10 to 50 individuals.

Student Discovery Sheets

Student Discovery Sheets (High School and up): To complement a Museum visit, the Discovery Sheets encourage visitors to take a closer look at Museum objects and exhibits. Written at the high-school level, these sheets help students/adults explore Museum highlights. An answer sheet is available upon request.

Approximate duration: 20 minutes. The Introduction is recommended for groups of 10 to 50 individuals.


Self-guided Tours: This experience allows visitors to tour the Museum's exhibitions at their own pace. Visiting the NMHM in this fashion allows flexibility to concentrate on the specific interest and needs of the students/adults in the group. Please schedule all self-guided tours for groups so that we can help maintain optimal touring conditions.


The National Museum of Health and Medicine offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year. Programs are aimed at adults and children; take place on weekends, weekdays, and evenings; and range in topic to include medical, scientific, and historical subjects. Call the Museum's information desk at 301-319-3300 to request information pertaining to public programs or to be placed on the museum's electronic mailing list.

Making a Reservation

No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 10 individuals.

  • Make reservations for any of the tours listed above four to six weeks in advance by emailing USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil or calling 301-319-3312.
  • The Museum requires a minimum of one adult chaperone (minimum age 18) for every ten students.
  • Allow 60 to 90 minutes for your visit.
  • There is no charge for guided tours or admission to the Museum.
  • Teachers of younger students (pre-K to Grade 4) should preview the Museum before scheduling a tour.
  • There is no limit on maximum group numbers for self-guided tours, but reservations are recommended to assure your group of 10 or more individuals receive the optimal touring conditions.
  • To book a group program at the Museum, please call the Tour Program Manager at 301-319-3312 or email USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil.
  • If you must cancel a tour, please do so as soon as possible by calling the Museum reception desk at 301-319-3300 and the Tour Program Manager at 301-319-3312.
  • If your group is more than fifteen minutes late without a phone call, tour guides may not be available for your tour.

Visitor Services and Information

  • Open 10am to 5:30pm daily. Closed December 25.
  • Bus drop-off is provided in front of the Museum. Passenger vehicles may park in the Museum parking lot.
  • Exhibition galleries are wheelchair-accessible and some wheelchairs are available for loan. Call 301-319-3300 to ask about availability.
  • Information about the National Museum of Health and Medicine is available at www.medicalmuseum.mil or by calling 301-319-3300.