Medicine History Museum of the First Sechenov Moscow State Medical University
The Museum of the First Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, one of the oldest medical universities in Russia, is devoted to the history of the institution and accomplishments in domestic medicine. Compared to similar medicine history museums in Moscow, the Museum of the First Sechenov Moscow State Medical University has a rich, expansive collection.
The Museum has roughly 20,000 items on display, and a total collection of over 70,000. Visitors here can explore a unique selection of surgical instruments spanning generations, organized to show their development from porcelain and wooden, to modern metal and beyond.
Some of the most fascinating exhibit items are emergency care tools from World War I. The museum houses a wealth of battlefield medicine instruments, as in the midst of the Great Patriotic War, more than half the teachers and students of the country’s premier medical university were serving on the front lines.
Original signs and brochures from the 1920’s and 30’s educate on Russia’s developments in the new area of preventative medicine.
The Museum is proud to display items formerly owned by influential Russian doctors, including Pirogov, Sechenov, and even Chekhov. Its exhibition halls likewise offer an extensive collection of painted portraits and sculptures of Russian scientists who in one way or another are associated with the University, including M. Ya. Mudrov, N. I. Pirogov, F. I. Inozemtsev, S. B. Botkin, N. V. Sklifosovsky, and numerous other medical professionals. Visitors love perusing the medals and lapel pins bestowed upon top doctors starting in the Petrine era.
Both students and medicine history buffs alike can discover something new in the unique archive of atlases, photographs, visual aids and mannequins.
The museum is located in a neoclassical building designed in 1896 by architects I. P. Zalessky and K. M. Bykovsky, who were responsible for the majority of buildings in the area’s “clinic village.” In front of the building is a monument to distinguished surgeon, anatomist, researcher, educator and professor N. I. Pirogov.
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