The purpose of the Medical History Museum is to encourage appreciation and understanding of the history of medicine and its role in society through direct engagement with the collections. The museum stimulates active learning about the history of medicine through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of students, faculty, scholars, alumni, and the wider public. The museum organizes exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and maintaining its collections in trust for future generations.


Over the years many people have assisted in the establishment and development of the Medical History Museum and its collection. It was Professor Kenneth Russell’s passion for medical history that resulted in the establishment of the Medical History Museum in 1967 with the support of a grant from the Wellcome Institute.

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Dr Jacqueline Healy
Director, Museums, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Dr Jacqueline Healy has extensive experience in the arts and museum sectors. She is Director, Museums, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences  encompassing the Medical History Museum ,  Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum and Harry Brookes Allen Anatomy and Pathology Museum at the University of Melbourne.

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The Medical History Museum offers FREE admission and welcomes visitors with disabilities. There is lift access to the second level although there are access limitations. To speak with a member of staff regarding a particular service or activity please contact the museum.
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