The Center for the History of Medicine invites you to learn more about the history of medicine and public health and engage with our collections in unique ways through rotating exhibits and special events.

Staff at the Center for the History of Medicine highlight collections through a program of exhibits, both physical and digital. Exhibits at the Countway are mounted in the lobby display area on the L2 level, the first floor, and the 5th floor Gallery of the Center of the History of Medicine. Harvard University ID holders can explore the Center's exhibits anytime during the operating hours of the Countway Library of Medicine.

The Gallery of the Center for the History of Medicine, located in the 5th floor of the Countway Library, has limited public hours on Saturdays, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This is the only time non-Harvard ID holders can visit the exhibit. To access the Gallery, visitors must receive a Harvard Visitors Pass from the Security Desk on the 1st floor of the Library. Passes can be acquired by showing the guard on duty a government issued photo ID and signing the guest register. Work and student IDs will not be accepted and any minors must be accompanied by an adult. There is no fee to visit the Gallery. Please be aware that there are several examples of human remains on display in the Gallery.

To view our online exhibits, visit our OnView Exhibits page.

The Center is also proud to host a wide array of special events and lectures throughout the year. For information on our upcoming events, please browse Countway's Events and Classes page or Exhibits and Events.