The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry

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. 

Image of Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, First African American to receive Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Celebrate the rich heritage of African Americans in dentistry through one of the museum’s traveling exhibitions.  Discover key individuals, institutions, and organizations that reshaped the social and political landscape of oral health care in the United States.


To the left: Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, born in Washington D.C., first African American to receive a dental degree, and member of the inaugural class of the Harvard Dental College, 1867. Image courtesy of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University.


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