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National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden La., Silver Spring, MD 20910

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) was established during the American Civil War as a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. Today, the NMHM embodies five collections consisting of about 25 million artifacts, including 5,000 skeletal specimens, 8,000 preserved organs, 12,000 items of medical equipment, an archive of historic medical documents, and collections related to neuroanatomy and developmental anatomy.

The museum's most famous artifacts relate to President Abraham Lincoln and his assassination on April 14, 1865. In 2010, the heirs of American pathologist Thomas Harvey (1912–2007) transferred all of his holdings constituting the remains of Albert Einstein's brain to the NMHM, including 14 photographs of the whole brain (which is now in fragments) never before revealed to the public. Museum exhibitions feature several permanent exhibits alongside several rotating displays.

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