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paul s russell md museum of medical history and innovation photoBoston is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals in the world, so it makes plenty of sense that there’s a museum of medical history and innovation here.

The museum, located at Massachusetts General Hospital, is named after Paul S. Russell, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery.

The nearly-8,000-square-foot space includes two floors of galleries full of exhibits with various medical themes, as well as space for lectures and presentations.

A rooftop garden filled with more than 30 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other greenery offers guests views of Beacon Hill and the Massachusetts State House.

Visitors can view an oil painting of the famous first surgery, early surgical tools, and an Egyptian mummy named Padihershef, which was gifted to the hospital in 1824 and currently resides in the Ether Dome. The dome is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free for visitors.

Visiting the Ether Dome
The Ether Dome at Mass General, the site of the first successful public surgery using ether as an anesthetic, is not housed within the museum. Located in the Bulfinch Building, this surgical amphitheater is open weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except during faculty meetings. Call 617-724-9557 for more information.

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Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays (from mid-April to mid-Oct.) from 11:00am to 5:00pm



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