Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, Michigan's only dental museum, is eager to promote and share the history of dentistry to one and all! The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, housed within the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan, is one of a handful of museums throughout the world devoted to preserving and exhibiting the history of dentistry.

The Museum develops and preserves a historical museum collection containing over 15,000 objects focused on the history of dentistry with particular interest on dental practice and technology in the United States and Michigan dating from the 18th century to today. We are dedicated to educating our audiences about the history of dentistry through museum exhibition, related programs, research, and preservation of the collections.

About Faces (USPHS, 1941)

The U.S. National Library of Medicine recently launched a searchable portal, "Medicine on Screen," which includes several fascinating videos of historic dentistry dating from the 1940s-1970s!

The attached film, "About Faces," (1941) tells the story of a typical American family and the daily practices that may help or hinder their dental health.

See this video and several others in their collection here:

This film tells the story of an average American family, in particular Danny, the young son in the family, and their approach to dental care. Attitudes towar...

To finish out the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry's celebration of Black History Month, we would like to highlight an outs...
Jeanne C. Sinkford (1933-)

To finish out the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry's celebration of Black History Month, we would like to highlight an outstanding leader in the field of dentistry, Dr. Jeanne Sinkford.

Earning her dentistry degree from Howard University, and later her doctorate degree in physiology from Northwestern University, she went on to a storied career in academia that included becoming the first female dean at Howard University in 1975, serving as the associate executive director of the American Dental Association, founded the Center for Equity and Diversity in 1998, and is a past honoree of the Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

While Sinkford did not earn her degrees from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, she was bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Science degree on April 28, 2018.

She was also a key figure in our "Women Dentists" exhibit! Check out more information on this amazing woman here:

This linked video, from the "Chronicles of Outstanding Leaders in Dentistry" series, along with 72 others, is available for viewing on the School of Dentistry's Youtube.

Jeanne Sinkford, far left with Associate Dean John Boyd, oversees clinical activities at Howard University circa 1990. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Sinkford, DDS. It takes a lot for a woman to be in a top position, particularly in a male profession. You have to be better to be accepted as equal. Once yo...


Due to the inclement weather, the dental school's Emergency Reduction of Operation policy is in effect starting tomorrow (January 30th) and run thru Thursday (January 31st). The building will be locked and accessible only by authorized M-Card access.

Consequently, the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public during this time.

Stay warm out there and visit us again (or for the first time!) starting at 8 AM on Friday, February 1st!

This is absolutely astounding! I learned about this from Michigan Radio a few hours ago. Calligraphers and dental histor...
Medieval dental plaque suggests women played important role as scribes

This is absolutely astounding! I learned about this from Michigan Radio a few hours ago. Calligraphers and dental historians, historians of female artists, and bioanthropologists take note!

A rare blue pigment found in a medieval woman's teeth adds to the idea that many scribes at the time were women

The World Is Better Because Of Museums

Now's the time to come to University of Michigan museums to visit. Parking is more available than ever and we are all free! Some of the museums have open hours over the winter holiday break. However, the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is closed after 6 pm this Friday, December 21 until January 2. The first week in January is also another good time to visit and find parking nearby.

Museum professionals from across the globe share personal stories about how museums play a vital role in society and can have a powerful, positive impact in ...

The Tooth Fairy File

A fun tooth fairy mystery at the Smithsonian Museum on this video. Enjoy! Our museum is seeking more tooth fairy evidence for our collection. Please contact the museum if you have some captivating evidence to help us with our upcoming expose of the tooth fairy!

We've gathered the evidence and think we know who to blame for the odd happenings at the museum: the Tooth Fairy. Please share our investigation with detecti...


1011 N University - G565 School Of Dentistry
Ann Arbor, MI

General information

Location: School of Dentistry 1011 N. University - G565 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078 We are located in the Kellogg Building, which is a part of the School of Dentistry. Hours: Open to the public: Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm Closed: major holidays Admission: FREE Directions:

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00


(734) 763-0767


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