Russell Museum at MGH

Russell Museum at MGH The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich story of Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 1811 to serve Boston's general public. At that time, the sickest and most vulnerable patients were cared for in almshouses, while the wealthy could afford private care at home. Creating a general hospital was an innovative idea. Since its inception more than 200 years ago, Mass General has remained at the forefront of medicine by fostering a culture of innovation. We continue to conduct groundbreaking research, educate health care professionals from around the world and, most importantly, improve the quality of clinical care provided to all members of our community. 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. The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning a period of more than 200 years – from the hospital’s charter in 1811 to present day. We encourage you to visit us for an experience that will inform, inspire and engage. Honoring Paul S. Russell, MD The museum is named in honor of Paul S. Russell, MD, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery and chair of the Mass General History Committee. Dr. Russell was the chief of surgery from 1962 to 1968 and directed the Mass General Transplantation Unit from 1968 to 1990. In addition to founding the Boston Interhospital Organ Bank (now the New England Organ Bank), he has served as a professor at Harvard Medical School since 1962. "There is so much to tell and a great sweep of interest – not only on the clinical side, but also on the research and community side – specifically around how the hospital has continued its tradition of caring for its neighbors, which today can mean in our community or around the world," Dr. Russell said.

02/15/2020

The museum will be closed Monday for the holiday and will reopen Tuesday at 9:00.

Happy Valentine's Day.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day.

Some homework that chief equity and inclusion officer Joe Betancourt offered last night's lecture crowd: to take an impl...
02/12/2020
Take a Test

Some homework that chief equity and inclusion officer Joe Betancourt offered last night's lecture crowd: to take an implicit association test, which helps reveal one's unconscious biases. You can find them here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

On the next page you'll be asked to select an Implicit Association Test (IAT) from a list of possible topics . We will also ask you (optionally) to report your attitudes or beliefs about these topics and provide some information about yourself.

02/04/2020

It's our #ColorOurCollections week, a "coloring fest on social media, organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world.” Come color a few images from our collections--including this one, circa 1946.

What a privilege to speak to Dr. Koven about poetry and medicine today; looking forward to the poetry event at the museu...
01/23/2020

What a privilege to speak to Dr. Koven about poetry and medicine today; looking forward to the poetry event at the museum this April.

What a pleasure to talk today about poetry's place in the hospital with Sarah Alger, director of the Russell Museum at MGH for a Proto Magazine podcast. Alberto Rios and Dorianne Laux generously agreed to read poems with special meaning for healthcare workers for the podcast.
Can't wait to share it soon.

We're pleased to report that one particularly fun hands-on exhibit is back in action: the laparoscopy trainer. In this e...
01/17/2020

We're pleased to report that one particularly fun hands-on exhibit is back in action: the laparoscopy trainer. In this exercise used in surgical training, you must use two instruments to deftly rearrange small pegs as fast as you can.

01/17/2020

The museum is closed on Monday for the holiday and reopens Tuesday at 9:00.

01/17/2020
Pinkham tablets will be making an appearance in an exhibit this year.
01/13/2020

Pinkham tablets will be making an appearance in an exhibit this year.

Happy National Pharmacists' Day! Check out these containers from the collection of the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital that held a patent medicine sold by Massachusetts entrepreneur for “female complaints.”

Russell Museum at MGH
01/07/2020

Russell Museum at MGH

12/30/2019

The museum is open until 2:00 on New Year's Eve and reopens at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2.

Mixed feelings among visitors about the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Come by and tell us what you think.
12/26/2019

Mixed feelings among visitors about the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Come by and tell us what you think.

Massachusetts General Hospital
12/24/2019

Massachusetts General Hospital

A patient was recently admitted to Mass General after some reindeer games in his Southern stable got a bit too rowdy. Santa Claus had injuries all over his body and numerous hospital departments cared for him. Santa is expected to make a full recovery and be cleared to fly by tonight, Christmas Eve, his busiest night of the year. Santa has come to Mass General each winter for nearly 70 years.

The museum is open until 2:00 today (and reopens 9:00 on Thursday). Come by and tell us how you really feel.
12/24/2019

The museum is open until 2:00 today (and reopens 9:00 on Thursday). Come by and tell us how you really feel.

Today's weather: for the birds.
12/18/2019

Today's weather: for the birds.

Russell Museum at MGH
12/18/2019

Russell Museum at MGH

Another great lecture:
11/13/2019

Another great lecture:

MGH hospitalist and POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound) expert Dr. Tommy Heyne presented a fascinating lecture to the general public at the Russell Museum: "From Wood to Chips: 200 Years of Stethoscoping and Ultrasounding."⁣

Dr. Heyne started with the humble beginnings of stethoscopes - the classic and iconic tool of the physician - and traced the technology through history to the development of ultrasound - a true revolution of modern medicine. He ended his talk with a live demo of POCUS using the Butterfly, a pocket-sized ultrasound!

@ Russell Museum at MGH

10/31/2019
Wellcome Collection

Too cute not to share. Happy Halloween.

MRI of a Pumpkin. Happy Halloween! 🎃

Russell Museum at MGH
10/28/2019

Russell Museum at MGH

Many thanks to those of you who visited on Saturdays this year. Until April 2020, come see us during the week, 9-5.
10/28/2019

Many thanks to those of you who visited on Saturdays this year. Until April 2020, come see us during the week, 9-5.

A tale of how the surgical glove was born (at Johns Hopkins):
10/24/2019

A tale of how the surgical glove was born (at Johns Hopkins):

The father of American surgery is also the inventor of the surgical glove. It came about at the beginning of a courtship with a nurse—a “glove story” that changed the course of surgical practice. http://protomag.com/articles/glove-story

For a preview of tonight's lecture on sepsis and for talks with other MGHers, take a listen to the Proto podcast:http://...
10/22/2019
The Sound of Proto

For a preview of tonight's lecture on sepsis and for talks with other MGHers, take a listen to the Proto podcast:
http://protomag.com/articles/sound-proto

What do polar bears, nightclub fires and electron microscopy have in common? All of them are topics from the most popular Proto podcast episodes. If you’ve missed any of those, here’s a chance to hear some of the conversations that resonated the most with Proto’s listeners.

Near-death experiences and more: The fall issue of Proto magazine has arrived. Get your free copy at the museum.
10/21/2019

Near-death experiences and more: The fall issue of Proto magazine has arrived. Get your free copy at the museum.

Mass General Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
10/16/2019

Mass General Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

173 years ago, medical history took place at Massachusetts General Hospital when the first successful demonstration of surgical anesthesia occurred in the hospital’s operating theater, the Ether Dome. We’re honoring this special day with a virtual tour of the Ether Dome and everything it has to offer to visitors today. Search @MGHAnesthesia on Instagram, follow our page and click to view our Instagram Stories to experience the virtual tour! #EtherDay

10/11/2019

The museum is open this Saturday 11-5, and closed Monday for the holiday.

A beautiful piece in the Washington Post about the Ether Dome (with a nod to the Russell Museum). Reminder if you wish t...
10/10/2019
Perspective | Knock yourself out in the Ether Dome

A beautiful piece in the Washington Post about the Ether Dome (with a nod to the Russell Museum). Reminder if you wish to visit the Dome: call us at 617 724 8009 to find out its schedule.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/knock-yourself-out-in-the-ether-dome/2019/10/09/51cac5ec-e07e-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html

A pain-free visit to one of the oldest and most prestigious hospitals in the U.S. starts with celebrating a world-changing discovery.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The museum is recruiting new docents to help meet the growing demand for history tours, technolog...
09/20/2019

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The museum is recruiting new docents to help meet the growing demand for history tours, technology demonstrations and school programs. Volunteers welcome visitors in the museum, lead tours of the historical highlights of Mass General’s campus, including the Ether Dome, and demonstrate the museum’s virtual dissection table. Want to know more? Write to [email protected].

Also at HUBweek this year, what promises to be a compelling, important discussion:
09/19/2019

Also at HUBweek this year, what promises to be a compelling, important discussion:

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States identify as transgender or non-binary and face significant health risks and barriers to quality care. Join the Mass General Transgender Health Program clinicians and other Boston experts in transgender health, Wednesday, October 2 at HubWeek for an important discussion: “A More Inclusive Future: Transgender Health, Culture and Policy.” For the full schedule, visit www.HubWeek.org and enter “MGH-HW-19” for a 20% discount on all HubWeek passes. #HubWeek2019

At this year's HUBweek--a celebration of science and innovation in Boston--you can hear from MGH-trained physician and a...
09/17/2019

At this year's HUBweek--a celebration of science and innovation in Boston--you can hear from MGH-trained physician and astronaut candidate Jonny Kim:

Lots of kids aspire to be astronauts when they grow up. Meeting Dr. Jonny Kim, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut candidate, may be the closest many of us get to realizing that dream. Hear from Dr. Kim along with a few other scientists at the forefront of space exploration at the 2019 Fall Festival: http://bit.ly/2ZQtB1F

Excuse me, sir? Is admission free?
09/12/2019

Excuse me, sir? Is admission free?

If you missed Dr. Aronson at the Russell Museum last night, you can catch her tonight at the Countway Library. Take it f...
09/11/2019
Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS

If you missed Dr. Aronson at the Russell Museum last night, you can catch her tonight at the Countway Library. Take it from us: You won't regret it (no matter your age).

Please join us to hear author Dr. Louise Aronson-Louise Aronson, MD, MFA-geriatrician, writer, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco-discuss her book Elderhood.

Wednesday, September 11th, 5:30-7pm
Lahey Room, Countway Library 5th Floor

https://libcal.countway.harvard.edu/event/5536733

The museum is open Saturday 11-5, closed Monday (Labor Day).Enjoy what remains of summer (image from a 1956 MGH newslett...
08/30/2019

The museum is open Saturday 11-5, closed Monday (Labor Day).

Enjoy what remains of summer (image from a 1956 MGH newsletter).

Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine
08/29/2019

Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine

This year marks the 150-year anniversary of the first ambulance—a horse-drawn carriage equipped with a foot-operated bell and a bottle of brandy. http://protomag.com/articles/ambulance-arrives

For International Dog Day, here are two sweet pups from the MGH Archives. (The human is John Macomber, MGH trustee in th...
08/26/2019

For International Dog Day, here are two sweet pups from the MGH Archives. (The human is John Macomber, MGH trustee in the first half of the 20th century.)

Many thanks to Dr. Nakagawa for allowing us to display these images:
08/06/2019

Many thanks to Dr. Nakagawa for allowing us to display these images:

Photos by Akito Nakagawa, PhD that show normal red blood cells and those with sickle cell disease are currently on display at the Russell Museum at MGH. These photos are part of Dr. Nakagawa's research project, which aims to identify and develop small molecules that reduce sickling of red blood cells as a way to potentially treat sickle cell disease.

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
06/17/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
05/31/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

05/24/2019

The museum is open this Saturday 11-5 and reopens at 9 on Tuesday.

Massachusetts General Hospital
05/09/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

As we celebrate #NationalNursesWeek, we also celebrate a pioneer nurse: Linda Richards. Linda is America’s first professionally trained nurse and superintendent of the Boston Training School at Mass General from 1874 to 1877. Her legacy lives on as a heroic leader, innovator and champion of nursing. #TBT

Massachusetts General Hospital
05/03/2019

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging dug deep into the photo archives of this scanner that was used in the 1970’s for nuclear medical imaging. #TBT

The pleasure was ours. Would you like to try your hand at this? Tomorrow (Friday the 3rd) we are hosting a public simula...
05/02/2019

The pleasure was ours. Would you like to try your hand at this? Tomorrow (Friday the 3rd) we are hosting a public simulation session at noon, no registration required.

During the Cambridge Science Festival, Enroot students visited the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Students were able to practice alongside a doctor diagnosing a patient with a lung infection, taking vitals, and inserting a tube through the mouth. We are so grateful to the Russell Museum at MGH for giving our students such an incredible opportunity!

04/29/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Missed the Poetry at Work event? Watch here:

Thank you to all who joined our Poetry At Work event at the Paul Russell Museum!

Address

2 North Grove St
Boston, MA
02114

General information

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, year-round. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April-October. Our social media policy: http://www.massgeneral.org/notices/socialmediapolicy.aspx

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(617) 724-8009

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