Founded in early 2016, the National Health & Public Safety History Museum quickly grew from a traveling exhibit to what it has become today. With thousands of artifacts, hands-on learning opportunities and in-depth tours, your visit to this unique attraction will forever change the way you look at both the history and the future of health and public safety in America.
A new facility was acquired for the museum in late 2019 and was quickly remodeled and filled with exhibits. On its Grand Opening date in March of 2020, COVID-19 shut down not only our facility, but museums across the country. As we awaited the opportunity to re-open, work began on expanding many of the exhibits and in early May the museum attempted another Grand Opening only to be thwarted again, this time by issues with the building itself.
After a long summer, with the support of numerous partners and our Board of Directors, The National Health & Public Safety History Museum began to move into a new facility and opened in mid-November 2020!
The new facility, located in the heart of Dublin, Texas is experienced extensive renovations and we are looking forward to sharing with you not only the museum and its contents, but the building itself which has its own rich history.
The National Health & Public Safety History Museum will take you on a journey through America's development of healthcare, emergency medical care, disaster response, emergency management, firefighting, law enforcement and so much more.
The exhibit pieces as well as the presentations and stories are a testament to the resilience and determination of those who have stood in the arena faithfully keeping their oaths while saving lives and seeking better instruments, policies, protocols and procedures.
What can you expect at the museum?
This newly remodeled and spacious facility is family friendly and has been designed as an educational experience for young and old. A maze of galleries await you filled with not only America's health and response history but with the legacies left behind by thousands of responders, innovators and heroes from over three centuries.
AMERICA AT WAR follows America at war from the Revolutionary War to our present day Middle East conflicts and actions. See the history of medical advancement brought to reality as wars were fought, lost and won.
FIGHTING THE COLD WAR is a gallery that holds the history of the Cold War, Civil Defense and the history of Emergency Management.
NURSING AND CARE honors those in the nursing arena from the early days of the Red Cross to military nurses and medics. The vast field of nursing and nursing care is represented throughout this massive gallery along with the the history of simple and basic first aid, America's major pandemics and the history of women in healthcare.
APOTHECARY and MEDICINES is a bizarre exploration of America's love affair with medicine and pharmaceutical advancement. The "Pharmacy" is open and filled with history of snake oil salesmen, morphine for teething, the use of cocaine as treatment for simple ailments and much, more.
NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH holds the history of those that first lived here in America. Learn how native Americans used Mother Earth to stay healthy and to treat illness.
DOCTORS AND ADVANCEMENTS takes you into over 250 years of surgical procedures, sanitariums, mental asylums, hospitals and the laboratories of healthcare inventors and innovators that changed the face and future of America's healthcare.
CHILDREN AND CHILDBIRTH can be a shocking gallery as it brings visitors back into the late 1700's and the birthing chair before jetting forward in time to the 1800's, the 1900's and even modern day birthing and children's health practices.
HOSPICE & ELDERLY CARE takes a solemn look at America's history of the care of the elderly and terminally ill. This beautiful gallery houses a massive collection of invalid feeders from over two centuries.
FUNERAL PRACTICES is large gallery that reveals the strange history of funeral practices since the early 1800's and includes a late 19th Century funeral parlor, post-mortem photography exhibit and early embalming practices.
EMBALMING HISTORY is a natural transition from the Funeral Practices Gallery as this special gallery is a complete mid-1800's morgue.
THE LEGACY OF FIREFIGHTING houses artifacts and firefighting history dating back to the mid-1700's.
THE BLUE LINE is a tribute to law enforcement of all kinds throughout history as well as a collection of jail, prison and penitentiary history.
EMS AND RESCUE tells the story of modern day EMS, how it began, why it was needed and what its future may now hold in today's present societal climate.
PANDEMICS AND DISEASES is a timely and large exhibit hall that takes visitors through all of America's struggles with pandemics including COVID-19.
FREEDOM CHAPEL is perhaps the crown jewel of this new museum. The chapel is a memorial chapel dedicated to the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001 and a piece of World Trade Center Tower One. This special place set within the museum is meant as a place to educate, reflect and remember the day that changed our country forever.
IRISH HEALTH HEROES was a gallery that had to be included as Dublin is the Irish Capital of Teas. This special hall holds the stories of Irish-American health and response innovators, inventors, caregivers and much more.
FORENSICS & JUSTICE is a unique experience for visitors. This gallery is a hands-on exhibit that features the history of criminal investigation as well as the science behind forensic lighting and evidence collection.
DISASTERS AND DISASTER RESPONSE has been a popular exhibit hall which holds pieces from the Titanic to the New Madrid earthquake as well as old headlines from the Three-Mile Island failure and some of our nations largest hurricanes and earthquakes. Grab a piece of 8" hail or stand next to a flood guage while learning about towns like Picher, Oklahoma that have been abandoned because of man-made and natural disasters.
UAVS, DRONES AND AERIAL RESPONDERS is quickly becoming one of our popular exhibits as history takes to the air with some of the smallest and largest drones currently used in response. Learn about the history of how drones are changing the face of response across America!
LEGACY HALL is located in the lobby of the Knights Theater on the second floor and is expected to constantly grow as we add those that have not only helped us to create this museum but also exhibits the stories of responders and healthcare heroes that have left behind a legacy for future generations.
THE BRIAN S. ARNOLD MEMORIAL LEARNING LIBRARY is designed to host small trainings, performances, educational programs and special events. This small hall also houses a collection of rare books from the last three centuries.
THE GIFT SHOP is always open so make sure you stop and take home a piece of The National Health & Public Safety History Museum!
As we continue renovations on our second floor, watch for news regarding the expansion celebration in early Spring of 2020 which will include the opening of galleries such as:
THE KNIGHTS THEATER
THE DR. J.R. BRINKLEY EXPERIENCE
SANITARIUMS AND MENTAL HEALTH
THE DISASTER ROOM