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.
One hundred years ago, influenza swept the globe quickly, infecting an estimated 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population. Entire communities were devastated here in the United States and about 675,000 Americans lost their lives. The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe in recent history, killing more than 50 million people worldwide. It was the first major disease to be extensively documented through photography.
This exhibition focuses on historic American images—accompanied by their original captions—depicting military personnel, medical staff, Red Cross workers, and civilians impacted by influenza. The images reflect the commitment of doctors, nurses, and volunteers to the cause, a spirit of patriotism, and at times the sense of humor needed when facing such a devastating disease.
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
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.