National Museum of Health and Medicine

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) is located at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington D.C. This Museum is the home of various renowned neuroanatomical collections. Scientific study of the specimens in these collections have produced numerous ground-breaking research and educational projects. Using today's technologies, these collections are more valuable today than ever before.

Under the care of the Museum's Director, Dr. Adrianne Noe, Deputy Director, Tim Clarke, and Neuroanatomical Curator, Archie Fobbs, the Museum now makes these collections available for use by educators, scientists and scholars worldwide. Using computer technologies, these collections are now playing an important role in education and in neuroscience research. Those who cannot visit the collections directly can use FTP methods to retrieve images for their use. The collections contain both normal, pathological and comparative specimens. Developmental specimens are also available. Each specimen contained in the collections is serially sectioned in one of the three major anatomical planes. Each case is fully documented.

The eight Neuroanatomical Collections housed at the Museum are:

For more detail about the collections and the access, please contact us.

Other Collection Resources at The National Museum of Health and Medicine:

The museum is open to the public every day from 10 am to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine is located roughly 6 miles north of the Capitol between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue NW, on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Campus in Washington D.C. Weekend and evening visitors must enter by the Georgia Avenue and Elder Street Gate. For admittance, show your drivers license or other picture I.D. and give the museum as your destination.

From Downtown, follow the 16th Street NW, beyond Carter Baron Amphitheater and the junction with Military Road and turn right onto Aspen Street, NW. Turn left onto Georgia Avenue and proceed to the third light at Georgia Avenue and Elder Street, NW. Turn left onto the Walter Reed Campus.

From the Beltway, take I-495 to exit 31-B/Georgia Avenue-Silver Spring. Follow Georgia Avenue south, beyond the junction with East-West Highway, to Elder Street, NW. Turn right onto the Walter Reed campus.

To obtain more information, contact:

Archie Fobbs, Neuroanatomical Curator, or
Franklin Damann, Anatomical Curator
National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM),
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP),
6825 16th Street NW,
Bldg. 54, Room G 051
Washington, DC 20306-6000
Phone: (202) 782-3713
FAX: (202) 782-4099
E-mail: or

Further information for the use of researchers
The Access Policy to the Collections & Services and Costs.

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