Disease to Fitness, New Museum to Offer Exhibits on All Aspects of Health

Creation of the National Health Museum

Between 1999 and 2000, project staff at the National Health Museum, Washington, developed the intellectual framework and plan for the museum to use in selecting exhibits and programs.

The National Health Museum will be located in Washington and is being designed to use its facilities and Web-based programs to help people make sense of the growing base of knowledge about health, and to make choices that will help them lead healthier lives.

Key Results

During this grant, project staff carried out several planning activities, including the following:

  • Developed seven premises that form the intellectual core of the museum, guiding it in determining the appropriateness and relevance of exhibits and programs.
  • Undertook extensive interviews to learn what works and what does not work relative to the expert review process for developing exhibits and ensuring scientific accuracy.
  • Developed a preliminary exhibit plan and process for its evolution and created a template to use in developing exhibits.
  • Undertook preliminary research regarding museum collections — the artifacts and objects that a museum acquires, maintains, displays, and stores for use by visitors and scholars.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $400,000 between October 1999 and January 2001.

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