Dittrick Medical History Center

About the Dittrick Museum of Medical History

The Dittrick Medical History Center is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. The Center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

For a long time, the Dittrick could be said to be a doctor’s museum.  Doctors created it, staffed it, collected for it, and saw it as a vehicle to document and venerate the medical profession. We still do that, but have broadened our mission to encompass a more universal perspective on health and medicine.  Our most recent initiative, for example, presents the history of contraception.  There are doctors and medicine in that story to be sure, but a whole lot more.  We embrace the experience of individuals and society, trying to understand what options they had and what choices they made. We provide narratives about key collection pieces, news and notes about upcoming events,  and interesting and anecdotal reflections on our shared medical past and its connection to our present and future.

Find out more by reading our latest newsletter!



Museum hours altered in late September

Date posted: August 26th, 2016

Friday, September 23rd and the week of September 26-30 the Museum will have a delayed opening time of 12:00pm, closing times are unaltered.
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James Edmonson and Catherine Osborn
James Edmonson and Catherine Osborn

Catherine Osborn, voted Campus Student Employee of the Year!

Date posted: May 3rd, 2016

Catherine is a Research Assistant and guest curator for the Dittrick Museum. She assists the Chief Curator and museum staff in creation of public museum exhibitions and exhibit concept and planning. …Read more.


Holiday Hours

The Dittrick Museum will be closed November 24th, 25th and 26th; December 23rd, 24th and 26th, Dec. 30th and 31st (2016) and Jan. 2nd, (2017).
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Page last modified: September 16, 2016