Cleveland June 09, 2017
The Museum Of Medical History In Cleveland Is Not For The Faint Of Heart
Northeast Ohio is home to some truly unusual museums and roadside attractions, from the Museum of Divine Statues in Lakewood to the giant rubber stamp that captivates visitors in downtown Cleveland. But this museum stands out from other local attractions thanks to its delightfully creepy and fascinating exhibits, and, if you’re bold enough, it is an amazing destination for a day trip.
Standing proudly at 11000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is a stunning edifice.
Located on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, this museum houses some antique surgical equipment, rare medical books and records, and exhibits that are undeniably zany.
This wonderfully weird museum offers a glimpse into the amazing and even macabre world of evolving medicine.
It is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The museum is maintained and operated by the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and it offers free admission.
It originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association, but today its collections are even more curious and comprehensive than its founders could have imagined.
The museum is home to more than 175,000 artifacts.
Its collections offer an unrivaled window into the weird history of medicine.
Its exhibits range from informative to downright weird.
The Dittrick Museum documents the evolution of medical knowledge over the years, and some of its exhibits will doubtlessly make you cringe.
Among its collections are historic surgical tools and medical equipment, antique uniforms, medical mannequins, and much, much more.
This look into the past will give you chills as you learn about what early illnesses looked like and the odd ways that medical professionals went about treating them.
Each artifact within its walls tells a story.
The path that medicine took to become a modern practice was long and winding, and you won't believe the stories of weird practices and patients that this museum tells.
Some of its collections are world-renowned, including the hall of diagnostic instruments that is one of the most extensive collections of its kind.
Medical instruments of earlier eras are undeniably bizarre, and you can be sure to encounter them in great quanity at this museum.
Many pieces of local history are documented at this museum, too.
Items like these medical instruments, which were used by one of Northeast Ohio's earliest doctors, chronicle a history that is amazingly close to home.
In just one visit, you will be immersed in the world of the fascinating, the informative, and even the gruesome.
If you find yourself scared or even mildly bothered by creepy-cool artifacts like this amputation kit, you best stay away from this unusual museum.
Today, the museum is bigger and better than ever.
It now features digital interactive exhibits among its many artifacts. The program in this pictured image walks you through how medicine became a modernized practice.
This stunning museum is certainly worth the trip...
Here you can expect to find items that you never imagined could exist.
...but it is most definitely not for the faint of heart.
On the corner of Adelbert and Euclid in Downtown Cleveland is a building that appears fairly unassuming, but within its walls is one of the most wonderfully weird collections in existence. This must-see museum traces its history back to 1898, and it continues to expand its collections and shock its visitors to this day. What is the weirdest museum you have ever visited?