Telling Medical Stories!
Founded in 1962, by Dr. Samuel Eichold, II, the Mobile Medical Museum preserves and exhibits medical artifacts and archives to commemorate Mobile’s prominent place in the history of medical education and public health within the state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The Museum’s collections and exhibitions provide the public with a broad understanding of the evolution of the art and science of health care.
The Museum’s collections include thousands of medical artifacts, photographs, and documents from the past 300 years. The Museum also houses the J.L. Bedsole Archives and Ben May Library, which together contain over 50 cubic feet of letters, doctor’s registers, photographs, and rare books.
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The Mobile Medical Museum preserves and exhibits medical artifacts and archives to commemorate Mobile’s prominent place in the history of medical education and public health in the state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The Museum’s collections and exhibitions provide the public with a broad understanding of the evolution of the art and science of health care.
Dr. Samuel Eichold II, a prominent Mobile physician, founded the Museum in 1962 with a collection of medical artifacts donated by Mrs. Patricia Heustis Paterson, daughter of Mobile physician Dr. James Heustis (1828-1891). The original collection consisted of approximately 100 medical artifacts, books and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, and was on display in the lobby of the Mobile General Hospital.
The Museum moved several times to accommodate the steady growth of the collection, eventually settling in 2004, at the Vincent-Doan-Walsh House, Mobile’s oldest extant private residence, which is located on the midtown campus of the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Included on the National Register of Historic Places of the National Park Service, the house was built in 1827 by Captain Benjamin Vincent, who commanded several cargo vessels that sailed between New Orleans and Mobile.
In 1991, the Museum became organized as a professional institution and formed its first Board of Directors. The Mobile Medical Museum is a locally supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any funding from federal, state, county, or city taxes.
$6 – Adults
$5 – Seniors (over 62) and Students
$4 – Children under 12
$4 – Group rate (6+ visitors)
HOURS OF OPERATION
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 am – 4 pm
Thu: 10 am – 6 pm
First Saturday of every month: 1-3 pm
Group tour free with admission every Friday at 2 pm!
Due to limited staffing, appointments are recommended. Please call (251) 415-1109 to set up a time to visit the Museum.
- Car Park on site.