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.

Temporary Exhibitions
Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country
September 21, 2019 – May 1, 2020
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Navajo family, Chinle, Arizona, 2019. Photograph by Kiliii Yuyan​

Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives to public health. Aligning good health and wellness with the traditional ways of knowing is at the forefront of culture, language, and practices across American Indian and Alaska Native communities—both rural and urban.

This exhibition demonstrates how tribal nations are addressing modern day challenges for good health and wellness while using traditional knowledge and practices for public health. Its stories provide a glimpse into the diverse cultures and continuing challenges affecting tribal communities across the U.S.

Also on view is The Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science., organized by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. From restoring ecosystems to revitalizing cultural practices, Roots of Wisdom provides examples of how traditional knowledge and Western science together create complementary solutions to contemporary concerns.

REACH in Action: Empowering Communities for Better Health
October 28, 2019 – February 28, 2020
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Lobby Gallery

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is celebrating its 20th anniversary. REACH is one of the only CDC programs that focuses on reducing chronic disease for specific racial and ethnic groups in urban, rural, and tribal communities with high disease burden. The 20th anniversary celebrates the REACH program’s legacy and ongoing impact. Since 1999, REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy living easier.

Disease Detective Camp
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  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 camps. All applications must be post marked by March 27, 2020. Be sure to check out the FAQ for details. Click below for more information.
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: February 10, 2020