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Exhibitions

  • Current Exhibition in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room

    Opening September 17, 2015, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives explores the story of the research and activist nurses who were in the vanguard of pushing the larger medical community to identify victims of domestic abuse and to adequately respond to their needs. A special display opens at the National Library of Medicine September 17, 2015 and includes a companion website. A traveling banner exhibition will be available to the public at that time.

    For a tour of the special display, please contact: NLMExhibition@mail.nih.gov or call 301.594.1947 or plan your visit here.

  • Traveling Exhibitions

    The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine provides traveling exhibition services to libraries across the United States. Exhibitions are based on original scholarly research and address a wide range of topics related to the social and cultural history of science, medicine, and technology. Browse the list of traveling exhibitions to learn more about the format, content, and availability.

  • Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects

    View NLM online exhibitions and digitized projects, including digitized material from historical collections.
    All Exhibitions by Subject     All Exhibitions by Date

  • Recent Acquisitions

    Treasures recently added to NLM historical collections are displayed in exhibit cases in the History of Medicine Reading Room.

  • Bronze Busts of Maimonides, Jenner, and Pasteur

    Bronze portrait busts of three giants of medicine are mounted on pedestals at the rear of the History of Medicine Reading Room. Sculptor Karen Leigh created the busts. Dr. Sheldon Cohen commissioned the trio and donated them to the Library.

  • Medals of Great Personages in the History of Medicine

    Bronze medals depicting 20 important figures in the history of medicine are on display in a vertical case in the History of Medicine Reading Room. Sculpted by Abram Belski and commissioned and donated to the Library by Dr. Sheldon Cohen, the medals depict such luminaries as Ambrose Paré, William Harvey, and Andreas Vesalius.

  • Turning the Pages (TTP)

    At the Turning the Pages kiosk in the History of Medicine Reading Room cloak room, visitors can "turn the pages" of Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal, a beautifully illustrated 18th century book of medicinal plants. You can also veiw the online version of Turning the Pages.

  • Objects of Art in the National Library of Medicine

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