Dittrick Museum of Medical History

The Dittrick Medical History Center welcomes the public, as well as the university community. A museum, archive, and collection of rare books, artifacts, and images, the Dittrick embraces the experience of individuals and society as they grappled with changing conceptions of health and medicine. Every artifact opens a door to unique stories, about patients, healers, and community. Read more about the museum and all that we have to offer here. Come learn about how medicine became modern!


Anton and Rose Zverina Lecture, October 25th 6:00 pm, 2018

Hidden in plain view: Discovering the work of a 16th-century anatomist hidden in the historiated initials of Andreas Vesalius—Surprising images of the healing, stealing, dissecting, and vivisecting of bodies. Presented by Dr. Douglas J. Lanska De humani corporis fabrica of 1543, by the Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius, threw Renaissance anatomy into...

Dittrick to host International Society for the History of Neurosciences

On June 19-23, 2018 the Dittrick will host the 23rd Congress of the International Society for the History of Neurosciences (ISHN; est. 1995). This came about through the current ISHN President, Douglas Lanska, who did his neurology residency and fellowship in Cleveland in the 1980s. Doug and his wife...

Skin Deep: Photographing Dermatology, an online exhibit

Here we present material from a Dittrick Museum digital exhibit--Photographing Dermatology: The collections of Dr William Thomas Corlett (1854–1948). William Thomas Corlett was born in Orange, Ohio and educated at Oberlin College from 1870 to 1873. He studied medicine at the medical department of the University of Wooster (forerunner of...

The Dittrick Museum Online Exhibits: SmallPox

Did you know that Dittrick has digital exhibits? Our website hosts several "online" exhibits, guest-written by talented people. Today, I will be presenting from "Small Pox: A city on the edge of Disaster," written by Patsy Gerstner, PhD. The full online exhibit may be found on the Dittrick website,...


Limited hours September 17th -21st

The Dittrick Museum will be open 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Museum hours

Come in to the museum and check out our ever evolving exhibits. We have some new sections concerning public health, food, milk and water in Cleveland.

Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm