CISTM16 History of Medicine Tour

CISTM16 Behind-the-Scenes History of Medicine Tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History



ISTM is delighted to announce that we have been able to arrange several special, behind-the-scenes tours for CISTM16 delegates and their guests to the History of Medicine exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Each tour is limited to the first 35 people who register.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex with approximately 154 million artifacts and specimens in its trust. The National Museum of American History has been collecting objects related to history of medicine since the nineteenth century and their collection includes over 60,000 objects from the 18th century to the 21st century. This extensive collection also includes non-American medical objects which date back to the Romans. Objects range from an 18th century surgical kit used during the American Revolution to vaccinators from the 19th century, and the first artificial heart implanted in a human. The museum has a strong collection relating to public health and vaccination which will undoubtedly be of special interest to our group.

This special tour will take place in a closed area of the museum, and attendees will have a rare opportunity to view a special collection of historic medical objects and talk directly to museum curators. Each tour will accommodate 35 people and last approximately 2 hours. Tour attendees will need to arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their tour.

This tour is complimentary and free to all CISTM16 attendees and their guests. Guests must be registered to attend to be included. Registration is required no later than 29 May and will be on a first come, first served basis. Register soon as space is limited.

There are several Behind-the-Scenes CISTM16 Tour Dates and Times to choose from:

  • Tuesday, 4 June, 2019 10.00
  • Tuesday, 4 June,2019 15.00
  • Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 10.00
  • Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 15.00
  • Sunday, 9 June, 2019 15.00