The Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine presents lively and informative exhibitions that enhance the public and scholarly awareness and appreciation of the National Library of Medicine’s collections. The Program conducts scholarly research in science, medicine, and history; interprets that research for presentation to diverse audiences; designs and develops engaging displays; and produces educational outreach programs. The Exhibition Program makes traveling versions of its exhibitions, which are hosted by America’s libraries and medical centers. The Exhibition Program promotes public education about science, medicine, and history through its creation of interactive exhibitions, multimedia displays, traveling exhibitions, web sites, symposia, films, lectures, and publications. The Program expands the local community’s knowledge about the Library’s collections though outreach to community groups, senior centers, schools, universities, and professional groups. The Exhibition Program manages a robust tour program for Library visitors, which features special presentations by National Institutes of Health scientists and other Library programs.
The United States National Library of Medicine is located in Bethesda at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health. This site lists about 20 exhibits, past and present, that have been displayed at the library and/or have online components. Many of these exhibits are outstanding, providing both scholars in the history of medicine and the general public interested in medical history with an array of images and texts relating to topics such as the study of stress, medieval Islamic medical books, and Frankenstein. The site also has links to other sites on the history of medicine at the NIH, and a list of public (offline) seminars in the history of medicine.