Educational programs

The museum provides several types of educational programs.

Guided tour through the exhibits
This tour usually takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the age of the group. The curator will lead a group of up to 20 visitors while leading an interactive discussion of the history of medicine using the exhibits as a visual aids. This tour can be modified for any age group or area of special interest.

The museum exhibits are closed while the museum relocates to Cushwa Hall. The museum is expected to reopen in its new location at the end of 2016. 

photograph of guided tour

Suitcase tours
This program can take place anywhere- on campus or out in the community. The curator will lead an interactive discussion about the changes in the practice of medicine using a variety of medical artifacts from a suitcase, such as a wooden stethoscope, an anesthesia mask, and a pill mold. The audience will be able to see and feel these items. The presentation includes a PowerPoint slide show if equipment is available. Other topics are available such as Civil War medicine and Quack medicine. Contact the curator to schedule a visit at 330-941-3487 or

Medicine making activity
Visitors of all ages enjoy this activity using mortars and pestles to make an authentic remedy for a tape worm infection from 1881. While you're working, the curator leads a discussion on the use of herbs and other medicines during the 19th century. (This activity is usually combined with the guided tour of the exhibits or the suitcase tour.) 

photograph of students doing the medicine making activity using mortars and pestles

Throughout the year, the museum sponsors speakers who are experts in an area of the history of medicine. These lectures can coincide with a special exhibit, an anniversary of a significant event, or interesting artifacts in the museum's collection. These lectures will be advertised on this website, the museum's blog, and through the Youngstown State University News Center. Audio of previous lectures can be found

photograph of speaker in Civil War costume