Dittrick Museum of Medical History

Admission to the Dittrick Museum of Medical History is free.

  • Open (Museum Gallery) Friday, from 10:30am – 4pm, and Saturday, from  12pm – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Third Floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library at 11000 Euclid Avenue (at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-368-3648
  • Web: https://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/

The Dittrick Museum of Medical History, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, will make visitors marvel at the medical advancements made or have a coronary to think how archaic today’s medical devices may look to future generations. The collection has more than 10,000 images and 60,000 rare books and museum objects. Artifacts displayed represent medical history from 1800 through 1965 and include items such as a 1952 infant respirator, a 1928 X-ray machine, an 1861 amputating set, an 1882 antiseptic sprayer, an 1890 surgical chair, and much more. The museum’s displays include 1870’s and 1930’s doctors’ offices, 1880’s pharmacy, and hospital medicines from 1865 – 1920.  The museum is also home to the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception, the world’s most comprehensive collection of historic contraceptive devices.

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