Skip main navigation

Military Health System

Clear Your Browser Cache

This website has recently undergone changes. Users finding unexpected concerns may care to clear their browser's cache to ensure a seamless experience.

Military Medical Museum Celebrates 160th Birthday with Mobile App

Image of National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Maryland, visitor uses the NMHM mobile app while looking at objects from the Innovations in Military Medicine Gallery. (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo by Ian Herbst). National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Maryland, visitor uses the NMHM mobile app while looking at objects from the Innovations in Military Medicine Gallery. (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo by Ian Herbst)

On May 21, 1862, Army Surgeon General William Hammond issued Circular No. 2: "As it is proposed to establish in Washington, an Army Medical Museum, Medical officers are directed diligently to collect…all specimens of morbid anatomy, surgical or medical…; together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed, and such other matters as may prove of interest in the study of military medicine or surgery."

From the development of the typhoid vaccine to the invention of the photomicrograph for the study of pathological specimens, the museum has been involved in the forefront of military medical research. Now, 160 years later, the Army Medical Museum is still collecting, researching, and informing on the study of military medicine as the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

As a repository detailing the history of military medical innovation and research, NMHM engages visitors with specimens and artifacts from the Civil War to modern-day combat support.

"Few of the nation's more than thirty thousand museums reach the century mark; fewer still have had the privilege of caring for a collection as remarkable as this for 160 years," museum director Adrianne Noe, Ph.D., said. "But this museum, even from its earliest days, was not one that focused exclusively on interpreting the past. Learning from it, of course; preserving it, always; but contributing it to the future of military medicine? That's something that we are uniquely well-positioned to do, and we look forward to accomplishing that for the visitors and researchers for many more years. We'll continue to do this with a dedicated professional staff and a cadre of generous and creative volunteers."

In honor of the museum's 160th birthday, NMHM will release a mobile app.

The museum experience has transformed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, compelling museums and other cultural institutions to adapt to the continually changing atmosphere in visitor engagement. One such change is the inclusion of a virtual environment. With the offering of virtual opportunities, to include events, tours, and exhibits, NMHM continues to engage visitors.

The app can be accessed on any mobile device and will provide viewers with additional content about the museum's collections.

For example, the fractured tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) from Civil War Union general, Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, and the type of cannonball that injured him are on display at the museum. The app will showcase supplementary imagery and link to articles and other resources to provide further context and enhance the visitor experience.

According to Andrea Schierkolk, museum public programs manager, "The mobile app will provide visitors with a more universal approach toward exploring the museum onsite or from remote locations. This hybrid approach will improve the visitor experience by making the museum's exhibits, collections, and programs more accessible to a wider audience. App users will be able to listen to stories, watch videos, and look at images that will allow them to explore innovations in military medicine from a variety of perspectives."

Plan your visit to NMHM today, and explore the app on May 21, 2022.

You also may be interested in...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: Mr. Fred Brozoski

Fred Brozowski

Mr. Fred Brozoski, Distinguished Service Award – The Air Medical Research Lab’s Mr. Fred Brozoski provides insight to his Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award-winning research into blast, blunt, accelerative exposure in training exercises. His research includes the development of warfighter protective equipment and vehicle occupant safety ...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: Rapid Opioid Countermeasure System

Opioid Countermeasure System

The Joint Project Manager for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Medical’s Rapid Opioid Countermeasure System’s Dr. Saumil Shah discusses his Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award-winning research into increasing warfighter readiness and reduced operational risk to opioid threats. Dr. Shah’s team provided access to a point-of ...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: Chief Master Sgt. Rodriquez, Jr.

Dario Rodriquez

Chief Master Sgt. Rodriquez, Distinguished Service Award – The U.S. Air Force’s Chief Master Sgt. Dario Rodriquez’s son, Steven Rodriquez, and his colleagues discuss Chief Master Sgt. Dario Rodriquez’s Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award winning research into en route combat casualty care to the warfighter. Chief Master Sgt. Rodriquez’s ...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: Regional Hearing Conservation Program

Federman Regional Hearing Conservation Program

Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory’s Regional Hearing Conservation Program’s Dr. Jeremy Federman discusses his Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award-winning research into novel treatments, strategies, and technologies in hearing and balance health. The Regional Hearing Conservation Program team’s work significantly impacted the DOD by ...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: STRONG STAR Consortium

STRONG STAR

Dr. Alan Peterson, Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Team/Academia or Industry) - South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR) Consortium’s Dr. Alan Peterson discusses his Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award-winning research into stress and adjustment disorders in military service ...

Video
Sep 21, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

NCRAR

Dr. James Henry, Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Team/Academia or Industry) – Veteran Affair’s Dr. James Henry and Dr. Kelly Reavis discuss their Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award winning-research into noise outcomes in service members epidemiology (NOISE). The research in this video is the only Department of Defense/Veteran’s ...

Video
Sep 16, 2022

2022 Military Health System Research Symposium Opening Plenary Session

2022 Military Health System Research Symposium Opening Plenary Session

The 2022 Military Health System Research Symposium opened with a morning plenary at the Gaylord Hotel in Kissimmee, FL on Monday, September 12, 2022. MHSRS 2022 provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry ...

Video
Sep 14, 2022

Leadership visits the exhibit hall at MHSRS 2022

Leadership visits the exhibit hall at MHSRS 2022

Leaders from across the Military Health System toured the exhibit hall at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Exhibitors demonstrated a wide variety of technologies and knowledge products from a wide variety of military medical research disciplines. Exhibitors represented agencies from the ...

Video
Sep 13, 2022

MHSRS 2022 Opening Highlight Reel

U.S. Navy Color Guard opens the MHSRS 2022.

Highlight video of the MHSRS Opening Plenary Session featuring Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Ms. Seileen Mullen; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, Dr. Terry M. Rauch; President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Dr. Jonathan Woodson; Defense ...

Skip subpage navigation
Refine your search
Last Updated: February 16, 2024
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on X Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery