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NLM exhibitions, tours, and public programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Before coming to the Library, see Visit Us for directions, parking, security, and other visitor information.

  • Tour the Current Exhibition

    Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health is on view in the Library rotunda. This exhibition is free and open to public during the following Library hours:

    Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EST)
    Saturday: 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    Note:  The Library is closed on Federal holidays.  See Holiday Schedule

    Docent-guided tour is also available between Monday-Friday except on Federal holidays. To arrange a guided tour, please complete and submit the online form, or contact the Exhibition Community Outreach Coordinator at:
    Phone: (301) 594-1947

    Find out more about NLM Exhibition Program.

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  • Tour the History of Medicine Reading Room

    For an overview of historical collections, our resources and services, and to see some of the Library's rare books and conservation methods, enjoy a guided visit to the History of Medicine Reading Room.  Please call ahead to make arrangements.

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  • Tour the Library

    A one-hour guided walking tour of the Library starts in the NLM Visitors Center (Room 127, Building 38A) at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).  Reservations for the 1:30 tour are not required for groups of five (5) or fewer, although it is helpful to notify us in advance once your plans are firm.

    With advance notice, we can show the introductory video "Expanding the Medical Universe," in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish.  We can also arrange for special group tours.

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  • Tour Objects of Art at NLM

    Explore Objects of Art at the National Library of Medicine.

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Last reviewed: 19 June 2008
Last updated: 19 June 2008
First published: 30 April 2004
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