National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring Reopens Today

The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring has reopened following a pandemic-related closure, officials announced today (July 7).

The museum, established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, strives to “preserve, inspire, and inform the history, research, and advancement of military and civilian medicine through world-class collections, digital technology, and public engagement,” according to its vision statement.

Its collections include historical and anatomical items, along with historical archives, among other items. The museum also conducts guided group tours and sponsors formal and informal educational programs when fully open.

The museum is reopening to the public under COVID-19 guidelines. Those include a screening questionnaire, temperature checks, mandatory masks for anyone more than 2 years old, and no outside food and drinks, except water, will be permitted.

In addition, access will be limited to no more than 40 people at one time, and visitors will be expected to maintain social distancing.

The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.­–5:30 p.m., and closed on Monday and Tuesday. It is located at 2500 Linden Lane in Silver Spring.

Photo courtesy National Museum of Health and Medicine

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