Living History Museum

Maryland’s only museum dedicated to nursing, the Living History Museum honors the critical role of nurses and chronicles the continuing story of the profession.

Established in 1999, the museum displays hundreds of historic items, including:

  • a 19th-century nurse’s uniform
  • early 20th century textbooks and medical apparatus
  • wartime letters and photographs collected by nurses serving in the military.

It also features video and audio histories of nurses recounting stories from previous generations. Together, the exhibits in the museum weave an insightful tapestry of the nursing profession – with the University of Maryland School of Nursing serving as its common thread.

Our Hours

In accordance with the policies put in place by the School of Nursing and the University of Maryland, Baltimore in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Living History Museum is currently closed. Please check back for updated information.

The Living History Museum regular open hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the fall and spring academic semesters or by appointment.

For more information, please contact Kirsten Hammerstrom, curator, at or 410-706-2327.

Admission to the Museum is free.