Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

The Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation is located in Boston (North Grove Street 2). It tells the rich story of Mass General through interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs. You can learn about the hospital's important contributions to the medical field and see how these discoveries and advancements have shaped the present – and how the hospital can continue to shape the future of medicine. The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning a period of more than 200 years – from the hospital’s charter in 1811 to present day. Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 1811 to serve Boston's general public.


The Boston-based architectural firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates designed the museum, which won a 2012 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. The annual awards "honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston."
The museum is made of copper and glass. The upper stories are faced with copper, one of the world's oldest architectural materials. The copper has not been treated and will slowly oxidize over time to attain a green finish.

  • Main text by Laura Ferro and Filippo Cucinella (January 2017)

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- Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation official website , Boston 2016.

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