Medical Museum

The Medical Museum, a Department of the National Medical Library, welcomes You every Thursday between 2 PM and 4 PM. 

For visiting at other times, please make an appointment by calling us at 296 335 964 or writing to us.

The Medical Museum is located in the courtyard of the National Medical Library building, Sokolska 54, Prague 2: the third house round the corner from the I.P.Pavlova square.


Object of the Month: November 2019

Biocard EKG, 1980-1990

 


In memory of Prof. Zdeněk Ježek, DrSc. (1932- 2019)

We are sad to hear of the passing of the epidemiologist Zdeněk Ježek on Sunday, November 24. As a WHO expert, Prof. Ježek participated in the smallpox eradication programme, concluded in 1979. In the 1960s he helped build the healthcare system in Mongolia, in the 1970s he worked first in India, where smallpox was defeated in 1975, and since 1977 in Somalia, the last country plagued by smallpox epidemics. In the 1980s he moved to the WHO central offices in Geneve to lead the smallpox surveillance program and later, the WHO HIV/ AIDS programme. In 1995, he led the campaign to liquidate an ebola epidemic in Zaire.

In 2010, we had the honour to meet prof. Ježek and cooperate on the exhibition Death of Smallpox, which recalled not only the 20 anniversary of the Declaration of Global Eradication of Smallpox, signed in Geneve on May 8, 1980, but especially the contribution of Czechoslovak epidemiologists to the struggle against this disease in Asia and Africa, their solidarity with people in faraway lands, their love for their discipline, courage and passion. We remember him as an extremely kind, erudite, and above all wise human being.

May he rest in peace.

Jet injector for mass vaccination ( Semco/ Vernitron, 1976) used by Czechoslovak physicians in the smallpox eradication campaign in Somalia in the late 1970s. NML Medical Museum, P 140.


The Time of the Velvet Revolution, 1989

An Exhibit in the NML Medical Museum, November-December 2019

Democratic Revolution 1989 on the pages of the Institute of Contemporary History


Object of the Month: October 2019

Stimul 3 Electroacupuncture device


Object of the Month: September 2019

Bezoar Stone: Tricholith


Object of the Month: August 2019

Marienbad Mineral Water Bottle


Object of the Month: July 2019

Bullet-drawer (Kugelzieher) after Garengeot, first half of the 18 century

 


Object of the Month: June 2018

A 1930s Urine Testing Set


Object of the Month: May 2019

National Medical Library on a Historical Photograph


 New Objects on View in the NML Medical Museum

Menstrual aids in Czechoslovakia, 1970s.

Hygienic tampons Taneta (Rico Veverská Bitýška, since 1973) and Imuna, the „white mice“ (weisse Mäuse) imported from the DDR (VEB Vliestextilient Lößnitztal, 1970s-80s).  Hungarian-made cotton sanitary pads.

Finds in First-Aid Boxes

From the left: First-Aid kit contents, 1930s-50s  From the estate of dr. Ferdinand Najvar, Šumperk (1912-1979).  More First-Aid kit contents, 1960s-80s

Photograph by Petra Lendlerová


Photography by František Nič

Object of the Month: April 2019

Repairing the Schimmelbusch Syringe


Object of the Month: March 2019

Irrigator Eguisier: 19 Century Contraception

In Her Own Voice: The Story of Women’s Emancipation. The story, which includes NML Medical Museum  objects, is being told at the Naprstek Museum from April 29 till December 29, 2019.


ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE RED CROSS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA
A new exhibition in the Medical Museum commemorates the centenary of the Czechoslovak Red Cross Organization.

 


The exhibition Man-Made Man (Člověk v náhradách), which we have prepared together with the National Technical Museum and the Charles University, has been awarded 3rd Prize in the Museum of the Year category of the National Museum Competition Gloria Musealis 2018.

 

Further objects from our collections – including a jet injector used in the smallpox eradication campaign in Somalia in the 1970s – appeared at the exhibtions Czechoslovakia in 100 objects. History of University and Republic 1918-2018 exhibition in the Prague Carolinum,

The museum collections, including old prints, are available for on-site study  as well.  The museum lends objects primarily for exhibition purposes. For loans, photographs, visits and consultation, please contact:

Medical Museum, National Medical Library

121 32  Prague 2, Sokolska 54 (courtyard building)

Head: Simon Krysl

Tel: 00420 296 335 964

The book catalogue of the Medical Museum can be accessed through the MEDVIK portal.https://muzeum.nlk.cz/2019/01/predmet-mesice-leden-2019/