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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.

Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will

Stop Ebola

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June 19, 2017 – May 25, 2018

Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will is an investigation of the historic 2014-16 Ebola Fever Virus epidemic in West Africa, the United States, and around the world. As the crisis unfolded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014, it evolved into both a health and humanitarian crisis. When it became clear that Ebola could potentially spread exponentially, threatening global health security, there was a coordinated, massive response.

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Then & Now: Reinventing Quarantine for Globalization

A photography exhibition celebratingthe 50th anniversary of CDC’s Quarantine Program

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of CDC’s Quarantine Program. In 1967, CDC acquired 55 quarantine stations and 500 staff from the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. American quarantine law goes back to the colonies in 1647 and has always served as the cornerstone of public health.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

The Story of CDC

a display from inside the CDC museumThe 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

The Messengers - stone sculptureThe 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

Global 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: June 6, 2017
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