Episode 42: The Berlin Museum of Medical History

roberta caldas


Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin


  • First opened in 1899 and reopened in 1998
  • It hosted 35,000 specimens by the end of World War II

The Berlin Museum of Medical History is surprisingly cool.

The permanent exhibition shows how medicine has evolved on the course of the last 300 years. There is a room filled with a collection of preserved body parts that belonged to Rudolf Virchow. The exhibition also explores the evolution of medical treatment through some of the patient’s personal stories.

The place serves as a museum since 1899, when it was known as the Pathological Museum. Within two years of its inauguration, the museum had already 23,066 specimens. These specimens were used to demonstrate different diseases. Today, you can check out 750 specimens from the original collection.

To know more about the super cool history behind the museum, check out our talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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