Cleveland, Ohio: History of Contraception Collection

Small museum of medical equipment, office and diagnostic instruments also includes the Museum of Contraception, a not-for-the-squeamish display in glass cases of over 1,000 objects that people have either ingested, inserted, or worn to prevent pregnancy.

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH
Dittrick Museum of Medical History in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Corner of Euclid and Adelbert. Go in entrance on Euclid, head to the elevator down hall to the left. Hit button marked museum to 3rd floor and follow signs.
M-F 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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History of Contraception Collection

Currently closed to public for renovations.

[Kelly, 02/20/2020]
History of Contraception Museum

A must-see for anyone who wants to know the innovative ways people have tried to use onions, mule earwax, and candy bar wrappers as contraceptives. Plus it's free.

[Lew, 07/06/2003]

This collection moved from Toronto into the Dittrick Museum of Medical History in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dittrick Museum of Medical History

This small museum is located on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. There are a couple offices to the side of the exhibits but we were left to wander at will. Some exhibits are innocuous, such as the early nurse uniforms, while others may induce a little sqeamishness (my faves: photo of horse tied down, cut made to measure blood pressure in 8' tube; trepanation items; early obstetrical equipment).

[Connie LaCook, 10/24/2001]

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