George Washington Gallery

Starting Monday, March 25th, the National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public on Mondays for the summer. We will be utilizing these days to develop new exhibits and resources for the upcoming year, as well as utilizing this time to make our collection of over 40,000 objects and archival materials more accessible to the public. If you'd like to volunteer to help us with our collections or exhibitions on Mondays, please contact Patrick Cutter at 410-706-0600 or by visiting our Volunteer page.

The museum will remain open Tuesday through Friday during our normal operating hours, 9am-4pm, for walk-ins and group tours during this time. 

Photograph of Dr. John Greenwood panel in George Washington Gallery

Immerse yourself in an 18th century presidential parlor; discover what the first President of the United States had to go through because of problems with his mouth and learn about Dr. John Greenwood, the man behind Washington's smile.

Cartoon depiction of George WashingtonWe cannot tell a lie.  He never had wooden teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, Washington never wore wooden dentures and neither did anyone in America.  Instead, his dentures were made primarly of ivory (most likely hoppopotamus) and used gold springs to hold them in place.


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