Teeth in Popular Culture
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.
Witness amazing teeth feats, marvel at unique cultural teeth traditions, and trace what humans have done to their teeth throughout history. Learn how important smiles are for recognizing people, watch unbelievable “teeth feat” performances, and realize how teeth have made their way into popular culture for centuries.
The Smile Experience® – Compare hollywood smiles to smiles around the world, capture your best smile and display it with our Smile Cam, and explore the development of aesthetic dentistry.
Hollywood Dentists – Watch movie clips with teeth storylines and learn about some pretty teeth-centric individuals.
Traditional Tooth Ornamentation – See how different cultures have viewed what makes teeth beautiful.
Andy Warhol’s St. Apollonia – After refusing to renounce her Christian faith, the Roman Empire extracted all her teeth. In 300 A.D. she became a saint and in 1984 Warhol made her a work of art.
To the left: Andy Warhol. Saint Apollonia 331. 1984.
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The University of Maryland, Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.