PLAN YOUR VISIT
Exploring the Russell Museum
- The evolution of health care
- Laboratory and clinical research
- Patient and family support
The Russell Museum is located on MGH’s main campus. Admission is free.
Areas of the Museum
The three levels of the Russell Museum include:
- The Main Gallery, located on the first floor, houses nearly 2,000 square feet of exhibits organized around various medical themes.
- The Putnam Gallery, located on the third floor, features rotating exhibits and space for lectures, presentations, receptions and other special events.
- The Rooftop Garden hosts more than 30 kinds of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines and ground covers along with sweeping views of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. It is open year-round.
Visiting the Ether Dome
The Ether Dome, site of the first successful public surgery using ether as a surgical anesthetic, is down the street from the museum in the Bulfinch Building. The Dome is often used for meetings. To find out when the Dome is not in use, call the museum at 617 724 8009 during its open hours. For a virtual tour of the Dome and the rest of the Bulfinch Building, click here.
Transportation and Parking
Visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transportation. The museum is a short walk from the Charles/MGH Station on the MBTA Red Line.
Parking at MGH garages is limited to patients and their families and visitors. Museum visitors may use on-street metered parking or non-MGH nearby parking garages. The museum does not offer validated parking.
The museum is fully accessible for people in wheelchairs. The museum includes 12 videos or interactive media components, all of which are captioned.
MGH cafeterias remain closed to the general public; however, there are a number of dining options in the neighborhood.