Read more about recent lectures.

In sessions run by MGH clinicians, the public has a chance to interact with and “diagnose” a medical mannequin. Learn more and view the schedule.(Click here to schedule a session for a group.)

Learn about free public tours of the museum and Ether Dome. (Planning a group visit? Click here.)

Virtual presentation
MGH residents discuss writing about COVID.
Virtual presentation

Free Lecture Series

Resident Writing in the Time of COVID-19

During the recent museum program “Resident Writing in the Time of COVID-19,” five MGH residents read from and discussed recent pieces they have published in notable publications including The New Yorker, Vox, STAT, KevinMD, and elsewhere. The event’s co-host Suzanne Koven, MD, MGH writer in residence, observed that each person had taken an entirely different angle on the central theme. “COVID-19 intersects with so many facets not only of medicine, but also society,” said Jack Turban, MD, Psychiatry resident, who had written about being banned, as a gay man, from donating plasma for a potential COVID-19 treatment. Event co-host Vinayak Venkataraman, MD, a Medicine-Pediatrics resident, noted a theme that ran throughout every piece: “This virus has reminded us of the power of general medicine as it has been practiced for centuries; we just need compassion, humanity and common sense.”

View the recording here.

Poetry at Work: Healing Words of Unity and Inclusion

The second annual “Poetry at Work: Healing Words of Unity and Inclusion at the MGH” event featured readings by numerous MGH staff members, who recited poems in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Kiswahili and Dutch, and made their selections based on themes that hold particular poignance now, such as the nature of caring and the beauty of ordinary moments. One such poem was “To be of use,” by Marge Piercy, read by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, as a tribute to the 26,000 employees who make MGH so special and to patients and their loved ones. The event was co-hosted by Suzanne Koven, MD, MGH writer in residence, and Joseph Betancourt, MD, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer.

View the recording here.

Simulation at the Museum

Join us to learn how realistic simulators are transforming training in the health professions. In these hands-on demonstrations by the MGH Learning Laboratory, you will get the chance either to take the vital signs of a full, lifelike human mannequin, or to locate and retrieve tiny objects from inside a knee model, using surgical instruments and a tiny camera.
Look for dates in the coming months.

No registration is required. Each session begins at noon and runs until 1:30 pm. Please arrive by 12:15 pm to be able to participate in this immersive program.

Public Tours

PLEASE NOTE: Public tours are cancelled until further notice.

Learn about Mass General’s more than 200 years of history and its modern-day innovation in a one-hour walking tour that includes the Ether Dome, the Russell Museum, and a few points in between. Tours are offered to the public and employees twice a month.

Space is limited to 12 people. To register, go to

Tour participants meet in front of the exhibit case at the lobby intersection of the White and Lunder Buildings.

For tours with groups of 10 or more, see detailed information here.

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