Medizinmuseum Davos

The medical history museum of the town that once situated Europe's largest concentration of Tuberculosis sanatoriums

The exhibits of the Davos Medical Museum include many historical medical instruments from the period, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Davos was Europe’s main destination for people seeking a cure for tuberculosis. The exhibits can be admired in the normal way and also, in many cases, actually tried out. The museum traces the history of the resort as a spa town, from when Alexander Spengler (1827-1901) first discovered the curative effects of a high-altitude climate on tuberculosis, to the decline of the great sanatoriums and their subsequent rebirth as medical institutes and centres of wellness. The exhibits are updated annually, enhanced by special exhibitions held by Davos-based research institutes. A visit of the museum can be accompanied by a short walk to the historical sanatoriums, medical institutes and centres of wellness of Davos Platz. The Davos Medical Museum’s collection of more than 500 exhibits includes antique medical instruments such as rib shears (used for surgical reduction of the thoracic cavity) and the spittoons used by patients suffering from tuberculosis. The objects are exhibited in context and labelled accordingly, in order to track the medical history of Davos. Visitors can also touch many of the exhibits, and even try them out.

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Medizin Museum Davos

Promenade 43

7270 Davos Platz

Tel. +41 (0)79 682 17 04

For the latest information on opening hours, admission prices and guided tours, visit the institution's website.

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