Medical Museum

Due to the continuing risk of COVID-19  infectionthe Medical Museum remains closed to visitors.  If you planned to visit the museum in this period, we apologize for the inconvenience. 

If you have questions or want to study materials in the museum collections, please contact us via e-mail or on the phone number +420 296 225 964.  Preventive measures allow only one researcher in the study room at a time (using mask, gloves and disinfectant) and we will do the utmost to accomodate you.

We wish you the best of health and look forward to your visit in more peaceful times.

Object of the Month: April 2020

Bülau Chest Drainage Apparatus

With kind permission of SaniBox USA, Detroit, MI,

Have you been making face masks for yourself and for others? Have you made your own, have you received them from someone or bought them when they became available? Wear them – and protect both others and yourselves.
When the epidemic is over and we all return to normal life, would you send us a mask – perhaps with your picture when wearing it? You will see it exhibited – and people in the years and generations to come will learn how we lived with the coronavirus.

We will be grateful for posters, leaflets or photographs as well. And if your company, institute or school makes masks, respirators or other protective tools, let us know: your work deserves to be represented in the museum collections too.
When the time comes for remembering the pandemic, we will have something to remember it by.

Until then, stay well and stay safe.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN on wearing face masks

 Edmonton Bulletin, October 24. 1918. During the 1918-1920 “Spanish flu” pandemic some cities advised or required wearing masks when in contact with patients or on public transport.

Object of the Month: March 2020

Leyser Medical Thermometer

The thermometer has helped catch and pinpoint disease for 170 years. Just 170 years?


Object of the Month: February 2020

Coin-Catcher after Graefe


Object of the Month: January 2020


What were the devices both healthy and ill people used to get warm?

Medical Museum Exhibition:

General Medical Practice: Past to Present



Object of the Month: December 2019

Pálava Ingha II Electric Blanket, 1960s

Exhibition: Care for the Feet in 20 Century Czechoslovakia


Christmas in the Military Quarantine Hospital in Pague-Pohořelec, between 1915-1917. NML Medical Museum Photographic Archive, FA 1417.

We wish all our friends, guests and visitors beautiful holidays and only joy in the coming year!

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.

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.