Note: As of April 3, 2011, the museum is closed in preparation for its move to Silver Spring. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the Forest Glen Annex in the fall of 2011.
The National Museum of Health and Medicine is a real eye-opening experience. Where else could you compare a smoker's lung to a coal miner's lung, see the bullet that took Abraham Lincoln's life - as well as fragments of his skull and a lock of his hair, touch a real brain, view skeletons and skulls and a stomach-shaped hairball surgically removed from inside a 12-year-old girl, or blanch at the array of live leeches!
The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible and has a baby changing station.
Interstate 95 is the major north-south route that intersects about a 15-minute drive to the museum from the west. The museum is located five miles north of the White House on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which is bordered by Georgia Avenue, Aspen Street, 16th Street, Alaska Avenue, 14th Street, and Fern Street. Although there are several gates around the campus, visitors to the museum may only enter the campus through the Georgia Avenue and Elder Street gate. The museum is a short cab or bus ride from the Silver Spring or Takoma Park stops on Metro's Red Line.
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