- A History of the Pregnancy Test Kit — This exhibit looks at the history of the home pregnancy test and examines its place in our culture. Research that led to a sensitive, accurate pregnancy test was done by scientists in the Reproductive Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.
- The AMINCO-Bowman Spectrophotofluorometer — In the 1950s, the NIH's Dr. Robert Bowman developed a sensitive instrument called the spectrophotofluorometer, or “SPF”, that allowed scientists to use fluorescence as a way to identify and measure tiny amounts of substances in the body. This exhibit explores the instrument and its use in scientific studies ranging from anti-depressant medication to AIDS research and the Human Genome Project.
- 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. The virtual exhibit is under construction.
- Cray X-MP/22 Computer — NIH's first supercomputer, the Cray X-MP/22, was the world's fastest supercomputer from 1983-1986, and the first one devoted solely to biomedical research. Both the physical and virtual exhibits are under development, but you can still see the Cray at its exhibit site by visiting the real thing [this would be a link to the map page].
- Siemens 1-A Electron Microscope — This Siemens 1-A Electron Microscope was used for over three decades by Dr. Albert Kapikian, NIAID. The instrument was used to detect and characterize various viruses. While the virtual exhibit is being constructed, you can Visit the real thing [this would be a link to the map page].
- Varian A-60 NMR — A Varian A-60 NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) was used at NIH in the 1960s to identify molecular structures and their reactions in relation to biomedical research. The virtual exhibit is under construction, but visit the real thing [this would be a link to the map page].
- Early Computing at NIH — This snapshot of some of the computing tools used in NIH labs highlights objects that are now in the NIH Stetten Museum collection.
- Early Medical Instruments at the NIH — A cross section of precision instruments used at NIH between 1945 and 1965 is presented.
- Equal Arm Analytical Balances — This type of balance is designed on a “seesaw” principle to measure mass precisely by placing a sample in one pan and a known weight in an opposing pan until an equilibrium was established.
- Laboratory Instrument Computer (LINC) — The story of one of the first supercomputers from its conception in MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, through its use in biomedical research laboratories.
- Medical Posters — A collection of 24 medical posters drawn by artists at the NIH, representing topics from arthritis to women's health.
- The National Cancer Institute Real-Time Picture Processor — The Real Time Picture Processor (RTPP) was one of the first special-purpose hardware computers developed for grayscale image processing and was designed to aid in biological image analysis.