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Warren Anatomical Museum

Warren Anatomical Museum

An extinct mammoth animal at the Warren Anatomical Museum

Warren Anatomical Museum at Harvard University Cambridge MA 10 Shattuck Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02115

The Warren Anatomical Museum, part of the Center for the History of Medicine in Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine, was founded in 1847 by Harvard professor Dr. John Collins Warren.

Dr. Warren began collecting anatomical and pathological specimens for his study and teaching in 1799 and, along with an endowment of $5,000, donated his expansive collection to Harvard in 1847 to aid in the anatomical education of students and the public.

Since then, the vast collection of about 15,000 artifacts and cases have served as essential resources in the teaching of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Warren Anatomical Museum Attractions

The current collection at the Warren Anatomical Museum consists of countless and often rare specimens, including wax models, paper mache models, photographs, and medical instruments and machines.

The museum also contains the famous skull of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who survived an accident in which a metal rod (also housed at the museum) went completely through his head and part of his brain.

Warren Anatomical Museum Hours

The Warren Anatomical Museum is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The museum is closed on weekends and during some Harvard University holidays.

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