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Exhibits and Events Online


Enter OnView

Browse digital exhibits, documents,
photographs, museum objects, and more.


The Center for the History of Medicine is working hard to make our collections and exhibits available online in OnView. Search or browse through thousands of individual items digitized from the Center's rich collection. Contents include materials from the Warren Anatomical Museum, the rare books collections of the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, visual collections of artwork and artifacts, and selections from the Archives for Women in Medicine. OnView is also home to the Strong Medicine project, which features artifacts and oral histories on the medical response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Enjoy highlights such as the anatomical teaching watercolors of Henry Jacob Bigelow and John Collins Warren, medical satirical illustrations, incunabula from the 15th century, and manuscript papers from prominent physicians and biomedical researchers such as Mary Ellen Avery, Grete Bibring, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Varaztad H. Kazanjian, John C. Rock, and Benjamin Waterhouse.

Hundreds of items in OnView have also been arranged into digital exhibits on subjects ranging from the history of Harvard Medical School to the invention of the birth control pill. Explore new exhibits or review your past favorites - OnView holds over 30 new online-only exhibits as well as legacy exhibits - reconstructions of past physical exhibits in a digital space, using the original labels and exhibit textThese exhibits draw on our integrated book, manuscript, and artifact collections to tell contextualized stories from the history of medicine.

OnView is interactive, providing you with opportunities to transcribe documents online or contribute your own stories.

New exhibits and items are being added all the time, so check back often!