Special Exhibitions

The Mobile Medical Museum organizes special exhibitions that are on display at the museum and at sites around Mobile for a limited time only. Here is a partial listing of our recent and ongoing special exhibitions.

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Seedlings: A History of Pediatric Care

June—December 2022

Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery, Mobile Medical Museum 

This exhibition will examine the history of modern pediatric care, from its roots in nineteenth-century antipoverty campaigns to state-of-the-art technological advancements in neonatology. Featuring dozens of artifacts from our permanent collection, such as bottles and infant feeders, incubators, infant scales, and orthopedic/orthotic devices.

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Different/Fit: Eugenics in Alabama, 1919-1935

September 2021—May 2022

Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery, Mobile Medical Museum 

A collaboration with Alabama Contemporary Art Center, this exhibit commemorates the hundreds of disabled Alabamians who were stigmatized and abused during the eugenics era of the early twentieth century. It will feature commissioned art works by Merrilee Challiss, Carey Fountain and Chris Lawson. The piece will also address related issues such as neurological diversity, the mental health movement in Alabama, and marginalized identities in medical history. 

VIEW A SHORT FILM ON THE MAKING OF THIS EXHIBITION:

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One Hundred Years of Insulin

February—July 2021

Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery, Mobile Medical Museum 

To mark the centenary of the first clinical trials for using insulin to treat diabetes, this exhibit examines the enormous impact of this discovery on medicine, life expectancy and the quality of life. It will also highlight the contributions of local researchers and practitioners such as Dr. Seale Harris and Dr. Samuel Eichold II. 

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Where Does It Hurt? The Enduring Mystery of Pain

September 2019—December 2020

Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery, Mobile Medical Museum 

An examination of how medical practitioners from antiquity to the present have diagnosed and treated pain. The exhibit will cover traditional herbal remedies, acupuncture and neurostimulation, the use of ether, chloroform and nitrous oxide as the first anesthetics, and the rise of opiates, among other topics. It will also address how issues of race and gender can impact the patient-provider relationship in pain management.

Dreaming at Dawn: African Americans and Health Care, 1865-1945

September 2018—July 2019

Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery, Mobile Medical Museum 

A look back at the first generation of formally trained African American doctors, pharmacists and nurses to practice medicine in Mobile. Featuring archival images, artifacts, and a newly commissioned sculpture of Dr. James A. Franklin by Mobile artist April Livingston.