Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery

The History of Medicine Gallery presents rotating exhibits about the history of medicine in Texas and the history of the Texas Medical Association, founded in Austin in 1853. These exhibits feature medical artifacts like early stethoscopes, scarifiers and lancets for bloodletting, and doctors’ medical bags. The permanent collection includes rare early anatomies by Vesalius, Bourgery, and Cloquet; local medical histories; and physician biographies. The archives contain TMA annual session proceedings (1869-present), more than 11,000 files about deceased Texas physicians, vintage photographs, Volumes 1-31 of Transcripts of Texas Medical History (a Joint Project of the TMA and The University of Texas Library Archives 1923-53), and other materials. Researchers and genealogists may schedule visits to the archives by calling 512-370-1552. Exhibit tours are available.

Portable exhibits are available to libraries and museums on the history of Texas hospitals, Texas medical schools, women in Texas medicine, international medical graduates, the Texas Medical Association, tobacco advertising, and disease and immunization.

The Current Exhibit: “Saving Hearts Saving Lives” – traces medical understanding of cardiovascular disease with special emphasis on the innovations and artifacts of Michael E. DeBakey, MD, and Denton A. Cooley, MD.


401 W. 15th Street (map)


8 AM - 5 PM