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Current Exhibits

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum will feature changing exhibits over the coming years to supplement our permanent installations. New changing exhibits are in the works, so please check back with us.

Witness: The Photographs of Billy Howard

February 28 – July 15, 2014

Witness  features a selection of photographs by Atlanta-based photographer Billy Howard taken on assignment over the past 15 years while working with CDC; the CDC Foundation; CARE; and The Carter Center.

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Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases®

EID Cover: The Prophet Fed by a RavenMay 14 – September 9, 2014

In 2006, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum presented A Journal for Our Times: Emerging Infectious Diseases®. This popular exhibition highlighted the cover art of the journal, beginning with its inception in 1995. The second installment coincides with the Oxford University Press publication of Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases®.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

The Story of CDC

ImageThe Story of CDC  traces the origins and early history of CDC through its expansion into an agency of public health programs emphasizing prevention. The story is told through documents, photographs and objects from the CDC Collection. Highlights include an early 20th century quarantine sign, a wooden intelligence test, Dr. Joseph Mountin's microscope, an iron lung, QUAC sticks used during the Biafra famine, a ped-o-jet used in the campaign to eradicate smallpox, and many more fascinating items and stories.

The Messengers

ImageThe Messengers  sculpture is a large-scale serpentine stone sculpture by renowned artist Lameck Bonjisi of Zimbabwe, who died of AIDS in 2003. The Messengers  is an example of Shona sculpture, reflecting traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean culture. The intention of the artist was to honor his ancestors and to represent the strength of families. CDC has chosen the work as a symbol of this facility’s mission – to educate all who visit about the interplay of public health, culture, and community.

Global Symphony

ImageGlobal Symphony  is an unparalleled multi-media installation highlighting the world of CDC and public health. Spanning 100 feet in length, the Global Symphony  is more than just pleasing to the eye. Public health messages are communicated through intriguing narratives alternated with visual vignettes. The installation serves as an introduction to CDC and public health for all visitors.

Currently, the Global Symphony  features 4, three–minute stories that describe in depth CDC's contributions to the elimination of polio, the investigation of Legionnaire's disease, the battle to stem the rise of obesity in the United States, and the study of how humans, animals, and the environment interact in the spread of Ebola. The stories are complemented by a wide range of media pieces on public health topics – from HIV/AIDS to worker safety.

  • Page last reviewed: February 4, 2014
  • Page last updated: February 4, 2014
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