. . . checked up on the national museum of the macabre. When it was known as the Museum of Military Medicine, this was a storehouse of the strange: pickling jars filled with deformed and mutilated specimens. But the National Museum of Health and Medicine, as it is now called, long ago shed its freak-show image. In its place: exhibits on a range of topics, sprinkled with a few items of historical significance. Check out the bullet that killed President Abraham Lincoln, or the shattered leg bones of Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, the Union officer whose leg was amputated after he was struck by a 12-pound cannonball at Gettysburg.
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Campus, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Free. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; closed Christmas.
Because of increased security, visitors must call the museum at 202-782-2200 at least two days in advance.
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