Browse an extensive collection of artifacts that showcase healing and medicine throughout history and in a variety of cultures. The Museum largely focuses on late nineteenth and early twentieth century American medicine, with a special emphasis on Kansas medicine from that period. There are also significant, and growing collections devoted to American Civil War medicine, and World War I and World War II medicine. Medicine from the Ancient World is also represented in the Museum inventory, including notable collections of Etruscan, Roman, Babylonian, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese, and pre-Columbian artifacts.
The Clendening History of Medicine Foyer regularly features exhibits drawing from the Museum’s collections, as well as collaborative exhibits celebrating KU Medical Center’s Diversity Initiative. Significant exhibits have included: A History of Surgery at the KU School of Medicine, A History of Anesthesia in Kansas, Civil War Medicine, A History of the KU School of Nursing, and revolving exhibits covering works of art by mentally, physically and developmentally disabled people. The museum also has a variety of traveling exhibits it makes available to other venues.