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A black and white front angled view of the Army Medical Museum and Library on the Mall - a three story building surrounded by several small trees.

Army Medical Museum and Library on the Mall


Site of Army Medical Museum and Library
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

This structure was the third location, successor to the Ford's Theatre facility, occupied by the National Library of Medicine. Opened in 1887, it was envisioned and built by John Shaw Billings working with Adolph Cluss of the architectural firm of Cluss and Schulze to house the Army Medical Museum, the Library of the Surgeon General's Office, and some of the medical records. Between 1893 and 1910, it also housed the Army Medical School. The Museum and the Library remained in this location until the 1960s, when they were moved to their present separate locations, while the old building was razed and replaced by Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum. The Army Medical Museum evolved into the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, D.C., and the Library of Surgeon General's Office became the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

See: #7 on Downtown Map.

Nearest Metro Station: 'L'Enfant Plaza' on Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow Lines.

Non-existing building.

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