Your Spitting Image

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Banner for Saliva portion of the Your Spitting Image Exhibit


Take part in an interactive odyssey through the mouth, and familiarize yourself with the liquid that protects your teeth, aids in digestion, and improves your sense of taste.  Uncover what saliva is made of, how it works in the body, and what happens to your oral health and overall health if the salivary glands are impaired.

Banner for Biogeneering portion of Your Spitting Image Exhibit


Explore exciting research that will affect the future of dentistry and public oral health.  Discover the history of tooth replacement, learn about cutting-edge research being done to grow replacement teeth, and ways that genes are being used to fight disease.

Banner for Forensics portion of the Your Spitting Image Exhibit


Become a member of a disaster recovery team and learn how to identify victims through dental forensics by analyzing skull structures, creating dental charts, or extracting DNA from teeth.


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Support the engaging exhibitions and innovative programs that promote the importance of oral health in a healthy life to audiences across the country by becoming a member.


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Inspire people to make healthy choices about oral health by supporting the museum.


Smithsonian Affiliate Membership
The University of Maryland, Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.