Mission and Vision
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War Medical innovation and humanitarianism. As a living institution, we utilize artifacts, storytelling and the historic lessons derived from that era to educate the public and define the impact on today’s society.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine strives to:
Inspire the public by connecting the lessons of the past to challenges in the world today
You cannot divorce the present from the past. The Museum believes that by connecting the past to the present, we can provide context and insight for historical problems, and inspire innovative, creative, and different ways of thinking about current issues. It is our hope that by identifying these connections, we can help inspire and drive positive change in the world.
Engage the broadest possible audience and partners
“Civil War medicine: isn’t that just cutting off legs and biting bullets?”
That’s a question Museum staff have heard countless times. While Civil War medicine may seem like a niche topic, at its core are questions about ethics, responsibility, strategic thinking, humanitarianism, innovation, and compassion—topics which are both timeless and universal.
The Museum truly believes that everyone can learn something from the history of Civil War medicine, and therefore we are dedicated to developing programming and outreach for a variety of audiences.
Encourage innovative and collaborative scholarship
Our understanding of the past is constantly evolving based on new sources, new perspectives, and new connections. The Museum is dedicated to contributing to ongoing scholarship in order to learn more about the past and how it informs our present.
What Does That Mean?
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine educates and inspires, connecting the challenges of the past with present issues. A center for education and research about Civil War medicine, the Museum shares stories of innovation, personal sacrifice, and humanitarianism with learners of all ages.
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine manages three historic sites: the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD, the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, DC, and the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield. In addition to that, the Museum is committed to supporting scholarship and developing a robust web presence: making the history and legacy of Civil War Medicine accessible to learners of all ages, across the globe.