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Now the Medical History Museum and the new permanent exhibition Fire and Blood has been open for a year. Thank you to all 9,000 visitors who found their way to us during the year. We look forward to the summer and welcoming all the tourists in Gothenburg. We are also looking forward to the autumn when we will continue with exciting collaborations and among other things will open a new exhibition about blood and blood donation. Welcome!

Opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday 12-16 
Wednesday 12-16
Thursday 12-20
Friday 12-16

Saturday closed
Sunday closed
Bank Holidays closed

May 1 - closed
Ascension Day  May 9 - closed
Sweden´s National Day June 6 - closed
Midsummer Eve June 21  - closed

The Medical History Museum

At the Medical History Museum you can see how the approach to sickness and health has changed through the ages. Revolutionary discoveries have led to both progress and reaction. Science has met with opposition from culture and tradition. Ideas and ideals have sometimes inspired, but also sometimes obstructed, medical progress. 

On display are now even more objects from the museums rich collections from Sahlgrenska hospital, Lillhagens hospital and many other facilities in Gothenburg and surroundings.

Fire and blood - our new permanent exhibition

The museum's permanent exhibition depicts Gothenburg's history of medicine over 400 years. From the first hospitals and Sahlgren's will, through revolutionary medical successes to the expansive construction projects of the post-war period. Personal stories, life destinies and unique objects provide insight into changing views over time, treatment methods and living conditions.

The exhibition follows some of the healthcare professions and places throughout history. It shows the efforts that Gothenburg as a city and Sweden as a country make to develop and improve the health of the population. The exhibition describes not only Gothenburg's history of medicine but also the development of international medicine and Swedish society.

At the Accessible exhibition you will find images, texts and sounds from the exhibitions.

Accessible exhibition

Check our homepage, facebook and Instagram for updates, and follow us in Instagram @medicinhistoriskagbg

Temporary exhibition
The Covid-19 pandemic

An exhibition for reflection and thoughts around the Covid-19 pandemic.
From 28th May onwards

A part of Sahlgrenska University Hospital

The Medical History Museum belongs to Sahlgrenska University Hospital and is in the Oterdahl House, which Sahlgrenska Hospital received in 1808 as a gift for all time from the wealthy wholesale merchant Aron Oterdahl. The building was used as a hospital from 1823–54.

Events at the museum

In addition to the museum’s basic display we arrange temporary exhibitions, guided tours, museum lectures and holiday activities for children and young people. 


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