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Public Health Museum Opens for Indoor Tours

Jan 03, 2021 11:04PM ● By Paige Impink

Public Health Museum

For the first time in seven months, the Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is welcoming back visitors, albeit in a slightly different, socially-distanced manner. The museum will be open to the public starting November 5th and has implemented a reservation-only system. “Our volunteers will still be on hand to offer an introduction and answer questions, but they will remain safely spaced and masked as our visitors self-guide through our exhibits” said Sandra Price, the museum’s Director of Volunteer Engagement.

The Museum, located on the campus of Tewksbury Hospital, is home to a valuable collection of objects and documents that chart the history of public health in America, and the story of Tewksbury Hospital and its role in the history of public health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The hospital was started as an almshouse in 1854 and has provided care for the indigent and underprivileged populations of Massachusetts.  The museum explores the history of public health through original artifacts, memorabilia, and archival material. Exhibits include Infectious Diseases, Patent Medicines, Food Safety and Pasteurization, early Mental Health, Nursing/Education, and early Dentistry. Tewksbury Hospital’s history as an almshouse to its current incarnation as a state supported hospital is also addressed. Several well preserved WPA art posters and murals frame the museum’s walls. 

The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural museum dedicated to preserving artifacts and records of our nation's public health history. The Museum also serves as a resource to the community, educating and exploring public health initiatives that address current health issues. Since 1994, the museum has been open to the public and has offered exhibits and programming about various themes related to Public Health.
 
Tours are on Thursdays by reservation only, limited to four persons per hour. Please visit our sign up for a list of available dates and times, and our COVID-19 modified tour guidelines. https://bit.ly/3myD75o
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