DC Day Four - Medical Museum

Today our group of nine (the Keiter 5 and the Boyink 4) divided into two groups and headed to different museums in the DC area rather than head into DC proper.  Jenni, Crissa and I visited the Museum of Health and Medicine (aka The Museum of Severed Limbs, as it has been called in our house) while the rest went to the Air and Space Museum in Dulles.

The museum was quiet (we were the only visitors at the time) and full of small artifacts. We saw:

  • More skulls than Indiana Jones on a good day. 
  • Severed limbs.
  • A mummified Siamese twin baby.
  • The bullet that killed President Lincoln, fragment of his skull, and the bloodied shirt cuffs of the doctor who attended him.
  • You know Abel, the monkey who went to Space? He gets placement in two museums - his skeleton is here while his hide is mounted and on display at the Air & Space museum.

Yes, this is a bit of a crazy museum. It’s featured on Roadside America, portions of its exhibits feel like they should travel with the circus, yet they are on display in a newer building, on a shady street in suburban DC, and funded with your tax dollars.

Ankylosing Rheumatoid Arthritis fused this man's joints

Ankylosing Rheumatoid Arthritis fused this man's joints

The bullet that killed President Lincoln

The bullet that killed President Lincoln

Abel's (the capuchin space monkey) skeleton

Abel's (the capuchin space monkey) skeleton

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