David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Roybal Campus,1600 Clifton Rd., NE, MS H19-M, Atlanta, GA 30329 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Free Everyday

Visit us on the only Saturday we’re open all year!

Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Get the story! Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC headquarters to see award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions focusing on public health topics and the history of CDC.


Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country
September 21, 2019 - May 1, 2020

Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to public health. Aligning good health and wellness with the traditional ways of knowing is at the forefront of culture, language, and practices across American Indian and Alaska Native communities—both rural and urban.

Changing Winds demonstrates how tribal nations are addressing modern day challenges for good health and wellness while using traditional knowledge and practices for public health. Its stories provide a glimpse into the diverse cultures and continuing challenges affecting tribal communities across the U.S.

The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives is a complex challenge. However, with cultural practices and traditional teachings along with modern solutions, the future is bright for American Indians and Alaska Natives and their continuing story in our nation’s history. Learning from our elders and applying their wisdom is essential to “reading the signs accurately, and interpreting them wisely.”

Also on view is The Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science., organized by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. From restoring ecosystems to revitalizing cultural practices, Roots of Wisdom provides examples of how traditional knowledge and Western science together create complementary solutions to contemporary concerns.

Story of CDC
Permanent Exhibit
During your visit, please walk through the Story of CDC and talk to docents stationed in the exhibits; see how you do on museum scavenger hunts; try on a BSL 4 suit; and examine artifacts from the CDC Historical Collection: a working iron lung, a smoking machine, a laboratory vent hood, CDC’s first field laptop, and many more!

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