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.
Date posted: July 12th, 2016
Owing to security concerns expressed by the university community, the Dittrick Museum, and most other buildings on the CWRU campus, will be closed July 18-21. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be open again on July 22and regularly scheduled days and times thereafter. …Read more.
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.
Date posted: April 20th, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 5:30-6:30PM
DITTRICK FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY EVENT!
Tour the MOCA and see the exhibit: STRANGER.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is a unique and dynamic place for the visual art of our time. …Read more.
Date posted: April 6th, 2016
This exhibit, researched and curated by Jennifer Nieves, Museum Registrar and Archivist, is composed of original Lakeside Unit photographs and documents from the Dittrick Museum’s collections. Based on Dr. George W. …Read more.