David J. Sencer CDC Museum
Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective work with high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Get the Story! Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC Headquarters. This unique museum features award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public so we would like to see you soon.
In 1967, a new hemorrhagic fever was reported in lab workers in Europe – it would come to be called Marburg, and was eventually traced back to imported African green monkeys. To safely study Marburg virus, which still has no vaccine and no cure, CDC repurposed a mobile laboratory from the National Cancer Institute. Development began almost immediately, and in 1969, the first maximum security laboratory opened on Roybal Campus. Over the past 50 years, the design and construction of high containment laboratories (HCLs) at CDC have kept pace with advances in lab technology and research methodology. Staying on the cutting edge of scientific innovation has allowed the HCLs to play a vital role in investigating and responding to newly discovered infectious diseases.
While CDC reflects on the successes of the past 50 years in the HCLs, we also look ahead to what is on the horizon: in an increasingly mobile and connected world, the next outbreak could be just a plane ride away. Thanks to state-of-the-art research facilities like the HCLs – and the dedicated laboratory scientists who work in them – CDC remains vigilant, ready to respond.
General overview of the museum's history, purpose, mission, and goals.
Current, online, upcoming, past, and CDC traveling exhibits.
Timeline and archive over 3,000 items available to students and researchers.
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Closed weekends & federal holidays
- Location 1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
- Phone 404-639-0830
- Admission & Parking: Free
Government–issued photo ID required for adults over the age of 18
Passport required for non-U.S. citizens
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