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.
Download: 70acresofscience.pdf (12.3 MB)
Oral histories are added on a regular basis.
Interview date: May 31, 2005 (NEI)
Interview date: November 15, 2001
The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in on our Flickr site and in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.