Upcoming Exhibits

Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

September 2 – 20, 2019

Changing Winds: Public Health and Indian Country
Navajo family, Chinle, Arizona, 2019.  Photograph by Kiliii Yuran

September 21, 2019 – May 1, 2020

“Today we are again evaluating the changing winds. May we be strong in spirit and equal to our father of another day in reading the signs accurately, and interpreting them wisely.”

National Congress of American Indian, 1960s

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.

Changing Winds 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.

The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives is a complex challenge. However, with cultural practices and traditional teachings along with modern solutions, the future is bright for American Indians and Alaska Natives and their continuing story in our nation’s history.  Learning from our elders and applying their wisdom is essential to “reading the signs accurately, and interpreting them wisely.”

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.


Navajo family, Chinle, Arizona, 2019.  Photograph by Kiliii Yuran

Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

May 4-22, 2020

Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History

Opening June 2020

image of virus

This high magnification negatively-stained transmission electron microscope image depicts a grouping of Influenza A virions. Note the neuraminidase and hemagglutinin “spikes” protruding from the virions’ proteinaceous capsid coats.

Organized by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History surveys the historical significance of influenza spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. Using visuals, artifacts, and media, Influenza: Complex Virus/Complex History will provide a historical examination of the global sociocultural impact of the influenza virus, as well as the work of CDC and its worldwide partners to prevent and control the disease. The exhibition opens with an overlook of the critical scientific concepts that will help museum visitors better comprehend the scientific complexities that contribute to the virus as a near constant public health problem.

After establishing relevant scientific concepts, the exhibition will offer a comprehensive cultural historical overview of the influenza pandemics that occurred throughout the 20th and 21st century, beginning with the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Global influenza surveillance systems, vaccine development, influenza research, pandemic preparedness, and public health campaigns are featured alongside historical content, framed by the ongoing work of CDC since its founding in 1946. Finally, the exhibition will examine how influenza has impacted cultural memories, particularly in the United States. Visitors will leave the CDC Museum with an enriched understanding of how influenza shapes and is shaped by scientific advances and the larger global culture.

Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

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