Public Health Museum Open for Indoor Tours

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The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is welcoming back visitors, albeit in a slightly different, socially-distanced manner. The museum is offering timed entry tours limited to two per day. “Our volunteers will remain safely spaced and masked as they guide visitors through our exhibits” said Sandra Price, the museum’s Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement.

Through original artifacts, memorabilia, and archival materials, the museum explores the history of public health in America and the story of Tewksbury Hospital, one of the first public health hospitals in the country. Started as an almshouse in 1854, the hospital was home for a short time to Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher.

Museum exhibits include Infectious Diseases, Patent Medicines, Food Safety and Pasteurization, early Mental Health, Nursing/Education, and early Dentistry. Well preserved WPA art posters and murals frame the museum’s walls.

The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to public health history. The Museum also serves as a resource to the community, exploring public health initiatives that address current health issues with online content and programming for high school students interested in public health careers. The museum partners with libraries and senior centers to bring its programs to the community.

Tours are by reservation only, limited to three persons per hour. Please visit our sign up for a list of available dates and times, and our COVID-19 modified tour guidelines. ◊