David J. Sencer CDC Museum

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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.

Now on Display
The World Unseen: Intersections of Art and Science
May 20 - August 30, 2019
Amie Esslinger, Collisions, mixed media, 2016

Amie Esslinger, Collisions, mixed media, 2016

This exhibition gathers the work of ten international artists who draw upon microbiology, biotechnology, anatomy, and texts in their investigations of microbes and cells, DNA, history of disease and science, the body, and beauty. They all share a deep interest in science, and some are scientists themselves or collaborate closely with researchers.

Some mine the images of the unseen world to comment about the debates that swarm around the intersection of disease and ethics—past, present, and future. Others are drawn to the abstract beauty of what is sub-visible—real and imagined.

Please join us for curator tours of The World Unseen at 12:30pm on June 7th, July 10th or 17th, and August 7th or 30th. Individuals and groups of less than 10 can RSVP to museum@cdc.gov to attend. Groups of 10 or more can click the “Schedule Tour” link below to reserve a date.

CDC's High Containment Labs: 50 Years of Excellence
Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 165-WW-269B-032

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.

Museum Info
  • Hours
    Monday: 9am-5pm
    Tuesday: 9am-5pm
    Wednesday: 9am-5pm
    Thursday: 9am-7pm
    Friday: 9am-5pm
    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
Global Health Chronicles

Nigeria. Credit: The Carter Center/E. Staub, The Global Health Chronicles

Global Health Chronicles was launched in collaboration with Emory University’s Libraries, Global Health Institute, and Rollins School of Public Health. The web site is a series of “Chronicles,” each dealing with a different subject.

Page last reviewed: May 16, 2019, 12:00 AM