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National Museum of Dentistry – Virtual Tour

National Museum of Dentistry - Virtual Tour

National Museum of Dentistry – Virtual Tour

National Museum of Dentistry preserves and exhibits the history of dentistry in the United States and the world. The museum is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, home of the nation’s first dental school.

The museum exhibits numerous artifacts concerning dentistry throughout the ages as well as highlighting trends in oral health and the dentistry profession.

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris Museum of Dentistry received congressional designation as the nation’s official dental museum in 2003 and it also became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, founded in 1840 was the birthplace of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. It is known as the first dental college in the world.

The College was chartered by an act of the General Assembly of Maryland in 1840. The College is still in existence today and is part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore as one of its five professional graduate-level schools.

The establishment of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is seen as one of the crucial steps in the foundation of the dental profession in the United States and the world.

National Museum of Dentistry - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the National Museum of Dentistry

  • George Washington’s dentures – made of hippo ivory
  • Queen Victoria’s Personal Oral Hygiene Instruments
  • Tooth Jukebox
  • The 1870 Office of Dentistry of the pioneer G.V. Black
  • Boar’s Hair Toothbrush mounted on a bone handle from the Victorian Era
  • Interactive exhibits on oral health
  • Exhibits on the history of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

National Museum of Dentistry

  • Museum:         National Museum of Dentistry
  • Also:                Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry
  • City:                 Baltimore, Maryland,
  • Country:          United States
  • Opened:         1996
  • Type:               Specialist Museum
  • Category:        National Museum of the United States
  • Location:         31 S Greene St, Baltimore, MD, United States

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National Museum of Dentistry

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“For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently.”
– William Shakespeare

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