The Warren Anatomical Museum Gallery is open 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday.
There is no access to the Museum on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday).
The Museum is also closed holidays and during academic recesses. See the Hours page for details.
- Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
- Gallery is on the 5th floor.
- Free and open to the public.
- Visitors must display a photo ID to the Countway security desk and sign the visitor register.
- Groups of more than 7 people must make an appointment to visit the Gallery.
- For information on how to schedule a Museum tour or educational session, please see Tours and Instructional Sessions
Parking and directions
- Directions and potential nearby parking are listed on the directions page.
- There is no public parking for the Exhibition Gallery.
Things to keep in mind when visiting:
- Photography and filming in the Warren Anatomical Museum's Exhibition Gallery is not permitted.
- The Warren Anatomical Museum is a historical anatomy museum. Human remains are on display in the Exhibition Gallery.
- The Exhibition Gallery is part of the Countway Library, which is an active study and research space for Harvard students and faculty. Please be courteous of people studying.
- Pencil sketching in the Exhibition Gallery is welcome. Easels are not permitted.
- The Exhibition Gallery is in Boston on the Harvard Medical School campus. Harvard Art Museums and Museums of Science and Culture are on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge.
What’s in the Warren Anatomical Museum Exhibition Gallery?
The Exhibition Gallery displays approximately 100 medical artifacts, anatomical preparations, and models and plaster casts. This grouping represents less than 1% of the total collection. The Gallery also contains about fifty images from the Center for the History of Medicine collection.
Subject matter strengths of the Exhibition Gallery:
- History of Harvard Medical School
- History of the Warren Anatomical Museum
- History of medical education and anatomical teaching
Specific display cases highlight:
- Calculi and urological therapies
- Development of the stethoscope
- Obstetrics and reproductive development
- Specific pathologies, injuries, and abnormalities
- The medical case of Phineas Gage
- Oliver Wendell Holmes’s contribution to the Warren Anatomical Museum
- The hip injury and malpractice case of Charles Lowel
- Surgery and the American Civil War
Paintings on the 5th Floor of the Countway Library
Eleven portraits of Harvard Medical School professors and other historical medical figures hang around the atrium of the Exhibition Gallery. The paintings are part of the Boston Medical Library collection. They include:
- Crawford Long (1815-1878), by unknown
- David Humphreys Storer (1804-1891), by F. P. Vinton, 1889
- Francois Herard (d.1682), by Francois Sicre, painted for Louis XIV
- George C. Shattuck (1813-1893), by E. T. Billings
- George Hayward (1791-1863), by Guiseppe Fagnani
- Henry J. Bigelow (1818-1890), by F. P. Vinton, 1889
- Henry J. Bigelow (1818-1890), by Jacob H. Lazarus, 1871
- James Jackson (1777-1867), by Chester Harding
- John Dix Fisher (1797-1850), by Alvan Fisher
- John Homans, by Moses Wight
- John Williams (1747-1846), by unknown
The Warren Museum Exhibition Gallery was Boston magazine's Best of Boston® 2015 - Most Overlooked Tourist Attraction.