The NIH Stetten Museum preserves and interprets the history of the twenty-seven institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, using scientific and non-scientific artifacts, photographs and film, oral histories, and other documentation. The Museum uses a variety of methods such as virtual and physical exhibits, social media, and publications to make this history available to the public and to historical researchers.
A journey into NIH's past…and present
The DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research
70 Acres of Science
70 Acres of Science: The National Institute of Health Moves to Bethesda
Michele Lyons - Curator, National Institutes of Health DeWitt Stetten Jr., Museum of Medical Research
The NIH is the biomedical research organization of the federal government. Why is a government agency located in Bethesda, apparently masquerading as a university? The simple answer is that in the late 1930s, the NIH needed more room and a wealthy couple donated some of their land. The more complex answer involves domestic politics, social reform, international relations, economic depression, scientific advances, and personal ambitions.
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