Neuroanatomical Collections

The Neuroanatomical Collections of the National Museum of Health and Medicine are a repository of research and educational materials in neuroscience. Established in 1994 with the transfer of the Yakovlev-Haleem Collection to the museum, the division now maintains multiple sub-collections.

The collections contain normal, pathological and comparative specimens. Developmental specimens are also available. Each specimen contained in the collections is serially sectioned in one of the three major anatomical planes. Today, these collections are playing an important role in education and neuroscience research.

The specimens and records comprising the Neuroanatomical Collections are available for research, exhibition, and other educational purposes. The collections are open for research from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access to the collections is by appointment only. The historic and scientific value of the Neuroanatomical Collections requires that we carefully balance the needs of continued scientific and historic investigations with our responsibility to preserve the past for future generations. Therefore, we require that researchers talk with collections staff about their research before arriving at the museum.

Researchers interested in using the Neuroanatomical Collections should contact the collections manager by calling (301) 319-3354 or sending an e-mail to