A Brief Overview
Recognized for its innovative programs that educate the public about the importance of oral health in a healthy life, the museum is designated by Congress as the official museum of the dental profession in the U.S.
The museum’s extensive 40,000 object collection of dental instruments, furniture, and artwork is one of the most important and oldest in the world, tracing its roots to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the world’s first college of dentistry, founded in Baltimore, MD in 1840.
The museum is a center for learning for children, featuring school tours throughout the year, and entertaining and interactive exhibits that teach the importance of oral health to a healthy life.
A museum of dentistry has existed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus since the founding of the Baltimore College of Dental surgery in 1840.
Credit for the museum can be given to a multitude of individuals, ranging from Dr. Horace Hayden in 1840 to Dr. Samuel D. Harris in 1996.
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The University of Maryland, Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is a proud affilliate of the Smithsonian Institution.