Medizinhistorisches Museum – Zurich, Switzerland - Atlas Obscura

Medizinhistorisches Museum

Featuring Zürich's only authentic 14th-century plague doctor's uniform! 

Sorry, Medizinhistorisches Museum is permanently closed.

Update: the museum is currently closed and under redevelopment.

An extensive collection of antique medical implements, complete with cringe-inducing contemporary illustrations of the implements in use. The surgery-stitch sampler is gorgeous and the plague doctor’s uniform, displayed on a mannequin, is genuinely terrifying.

Periodic special exhibitions combine the dry and esoteric - “A history of nursing in Zürich, the Alps in medicine” - with the delightfully sensational - “Death is Near”!, and “Art or Madness?” - a history of childhood maladies called “Born Above the Grave”.

Know Before You Go

The official address is Hirschengraben 82, but the actual entrance is around the corner on Rämistrasse.

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