MOBILE – The Mobile Medical Museum, which houses the largest collection of medical artifacts in the Southeast, has announced plans to move to the historic Vincent-Walsh-Doan House in the University of South Alabama Children’s Park, adjacent to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
“It is significant that this historic medical collection will be located in the USA Children’s Park at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, within a part of Mobile’s community that is so rich in health education, treatment and care,” Dr. Joseph Busta, USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said in making the announcement. “The general public and medical professionals will find it very intriguing.”
“USA represents the leading edge in medical care, and the Mobile Medical Museum illustrates just how far we have come,” Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said. “We’re proud to be the medical museum’s new home.”
“We have been working for some time to find an appropriate place to display this remarkable collection of local medical history,” Dr. Byron Green, president of the board of trustees of the Mobile Medical Museum, said. “It’s a perfect location for us to move to while maintaining our link to the past, present and future of the medical community.”
The museum was founded in 1962 in cooperation with the Medical Society of Mobile County. Two centuries of medical heritage are reflected in an assortment of instruments, equipment, documents and photographs, including some from Alabama’s first medical college, founded in Mobile in 1859.
The collection is currently housed at USA’s Springhill Avenue campus, but the move to the Vincent-Walsh-Doan House at USA Children’s Park will offer greater space for more of the museum’s exhibits and greater access for visitors. The museum will lease space in the house under a long-term agreement with USA. A portion of the building will also contain the Office of Development for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
The Vincent-Walsh-Doan House, which is being renovated for the move, was constructed in 1827 and is listed in the Historic America Buildings Survey of the National Park Service and is included on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Old Dauphin Way Historic District.
For more information about the museum, please call (251) 434-5055 or write the museum at their present location, 1504 Springhill Ave., P.O. Box 160363, Mobile, AL 36616.