The Berlin Museum of Medical History is the successor of Rudolf Virchow's Pathological Museum. It is a public museum with regular opening hours and seeks to offer visitors insights into the fascinating history of medicine over the last four centuries. The permanent collection currently shows some 750 objects comprising pathological-anatomical wet and dry specimens as well as models and graphics from central medical locations: e.g. the anatomical theater, the laboratory and the patients ward.
The museum's special exhibitions focus on current aspects of medicine and medical history. They range from miracle healing in the ancient world to current advances in forensic medicine. Furthermore art and medicine frequently meet in small interventions or larger presentations.
The Museum is a popular place for numerous events. All year-round lecture series, discussion forums, conferences, workshops and celebrations take place in the ruin of the former lecture hall.
About 90,000 people visit the museum per year. Mostly dealing with individual guests of all demographic groups also many pupils from higher grades and members of medical professions find their way to the museum.