The Stetten Museum has three exhibits on display in NIH's Building 10, the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center. Exhibits in the Clinical Center are lighted for viewing from morning to evening daily. There is no charge for admission.

The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH Innovation and Invention: NIH and Prosthetic Heart Valves
The development of artificial heart valves involved surgeons, engineers, patients, and regulators.  This exhibit explores their stories and presents current and future examples of artificial heart valve innovation.  Located in the Clinical Center’s South Lobby.

The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIHThe Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH
This exhibit highlights the work of Drs. Thressa and Earl Stadtman, distinguished biochemists who have worked at the National Institutes of Health since 1950. It is located in the anteroom to the Lipsett Auditorium on the first floor of Building 10.

Marshall NirenbergMarshall Nirenberg: Discovering the Genetic Code
This exhibit honors the career of the Nobel-prize winning NIH scientist Nirenberg, who deciphered the genetic code in the early 1960s with the collaboration of his NIH colleagues. The exhibit also explores Nirenberg's early life and career at the NIH, his over 40 years of neurobiology research, and his important role as a mentor to hundreds of scientists. The exhibit is located in the Clinical Center, outside of Lipsett Auditorium.


The Stetten Museum also displays scientific instruments and other objects from its collection in several buildings on the NIH campus in Bethesda. These buildings are open to the public during regular business hours.

NIHBIB ExhibitNIBIB: Improving Health Through Emerging Technologies
This exhibit outside of Building 31, Room 1C14  showcases a few examples of NIBIB-funded research, explaining today’s futuristic research in historical context


Image of Cajal ExhibitSantiago Ramón y Cajal Exhibit
Santiago Ramón y Cajal was the first to describe the nervous system, including neurons, in exquisite detail.  His original drawings, as well as information about current NIH neuroscience, are on exhibit in Building 35, the Porter Neuroscience Center.

Electron Microscope Electron Microscope
This Siemens 1-A Electron Microscope was used for over three decades by Dr. Albert Kapikian, NIAID. The instrument, used to detect and characterize various viruses, is now on display in the lobby of Building 50.

Varian A-60 NMR Varian A-60 NMR
A Varian A-60 NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) used at NIH in the 1960s is located in Building 50.

Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
Phone: 301.496.6610 | Email: history@nih.gov
Freedom of Information Act

Last updated: 19 September 2017
First published: 2 February 2005
Permanence level
Permanent: Dynamic Content