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David J. Sencer CDC Museum

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Address: 1600 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-4018
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Mon - Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00

The Global Health Odyssey features both permanent and changing exhibits...

The Global Health Odyssey features both permanent and changing exhibits that focus on a variety of public health topics. Permanent exhibits include the Global Symphony, an unparalleled multi-media installation and the Roots of CDC, which traces the origins and early history of CDC through 1976. Both self-guided and guided tours are available.

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Great destination for a scientist, public health enthusiast or just a person interested in our nations health history

I was very excited to visit this museum which documents the CDC's 70 year history. I have been reading more about the discoveries noted in the museum since. The iron lungs were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tyler, Texas
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Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was very excited to visit this museum which documents the CDC's 70 year history. I have been reading more about the discoveries noted in the museum since. The iron lungs were a very solemn display but the polio display brought the Zika scare into perspective.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend found this online for me, it was free to visit and very interesting. You do have to have your car searched before you can go in. It isnt very big but there is quite a lot of information. You don't have to be that interested in science to visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a group tour for about 20 people in a group that involved kids, teens, and adults. We were all fascinated and I never heard "I'm bored from any of the kids or teens..." Our tour guide works in one of the labs at the CDC and had fascinating stories to tell and was able to answer all of... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in learning more about diseases you must visit the CDC. There is a lot of work being done at the CDC which has been well documented in the museum. This museum is free to visit.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good place to check out if you have a couple of hours to spend. You will have to go through the CDC security so,make sure everyone has identification with them. The guards aren't very friendly, but they probably get tired having to deal with the visitors all of the time on top of working security for the CDC. I was... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Here for training and amazed at the museum display for the public. In awe of what the CDC has done and continues to do. Great for nurses, students to visit, heaven for epidemiologists.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I’ll admit I wasn’t initially enthused about touring the place, but once there found I was captivated by the breadth and depth of the exhibits, which highlighted the history of the organization and details about its major campaigns, ranging from an early 20th century quarantine sign, Legionnaire’s Disease, an iron lung, QUAC sticks used during the Biafra famine, a ped-o-jet... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I've been with CDC almost 30 years so the museum is near and dear to my heart, but I think it could be a little more interactive than it is. If you're really into public health history, definitely go. If you think you'll see what it feels like to be in a lab or in the CDC "big house," you... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Went through both the ongoing and special exhibits and really gained an appreciation of CDC and public health generally. Parking may be limited, and going through security before parking added to the sense of importance of the CDC mission.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a really nice display of the establishment of the public health initiatives in the US (and globally)! Interesting facts, interactive and relatable exhibits. You have to go through security, so bring picture ID, but it's worth a stop while you're in town.

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