The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

2 North Grove Street, Boston, MA 02114 - United States




Free Everyday

Since its inception more than 200 years ago, Massachusetts General Hospital has been at the forefront of medicine by fostering a culture of innovation. The hospital continues to conduct groundbreaking research, educate health care professionals from around the world and, most importantly, improve the quality of clinical care.

The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich story of Mass General through interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs. You can learn about the hospital’s important contributions to the medical field and see how these discoveries and advancements have shaped the present – and how the hospital can continue to shape the future of medicine.


Exhibits include an exploration of Mass General’s milestone event -- the first successful public demonstration of anesthesia -- and a tabletop touch screen that acts as a virtual dissection tool.

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