Vaccination Protects my Life
Jet Injector from the Smallpox Eradication Campaign
Celebrating all those who kept Dry February even during the pandemic
The NML Medical Museum is closed to the public until further notice.
We wish all our visitors and friends good health and look forward to your visit in a new, better and calmer year 2021.
Object of the Month: December 2020
COVID-19 Plush Virus
If you can contribute masks, images or other objects connected to COVID-19 and the 2020 pandemic, please think of us. When the pandemic is over, we will have things to remember the virus and our shared effort to defeat it.
What kind of a COVID exhibit does not show a cure?
From the growing COVID 19 collection of the Medical Museum: as the disease abates in the Czech Lands and continues in the world, we continue to gather objects that document the plague times.
By previous appointment, the Medical Museum of the National is open to the public again starting July 7, 2020. Limited space and the need to maintain hygienic precautions forces us to limit the number of visitors: please, call us at +420-296 335 964 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org before coming to visit.
When entering the National Medical Library and the museum premises, please use the contactless disinfectant stand located in the library lobby. For research visitors, disposable gloves will be provided.
We wish you the best of health and look forward to your visit.
A New Pocket Exhibition in the NML Medical Museum
The thermometer has helped catch and pinpoint disease for 170 years. Just 170 years?
What were the devices both healthy and ill people used to get warm?
Medical Museum Exhibition:
We wish all our friends, guests and visitors beautiful holidays and only joy in the coming year!
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.
An Exhibit in the NML Medical Museum, November-December 2019
New Objects on View in the NML Medical Museum
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
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/