Looking for a place to visit where you might see items related to dead people? Look no further, try out a visit to the fascinating Pearson Museum which is a repository for medical and scientific artifacts.
The Medical museum was started in January of 1977 and many of the items on display originally belonged to Dr. Emmet F. Pearson who the museum is named after. The SIU website shares, “Under the administration of the Department of Medical Humanities, the Pearson Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history of medicine, health care, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy from all cultures and eras, but with particular emphasis on the Midwest and the Mississippi River basin.”
Besides serving as a museum, the Pearson museum also is where a variety of lectures, public programs, are held and it serves as a place where many award-winning publications reside.
Take a gander around the collection and see how medicine in the Midwest and beyond has been practiced over the years. Don’t jump if you see a skeleton or two, they are not the walking dead, just the dead!
To visit, call 217.545.4261 to make an appointment. Located on Rutledge street, the building is across from Memorial’s ER.