Named the Global Health Odyssey Museum when it opened in 1996, this Smithsonian affiliate draws 90,000 visitors a year; from public health officials, school groups, news junkies or The Walking Dead fans. The CDC Museum is home to permanent and visiting exhibits tailored to public health issues: AIDS, Legionnaires disease, smallpox, measles, violence and smoking.
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, uses award-winning exhibits and innovative programming to educate visitors about the value of public health, and presents the rich heritage and vast accomplishments of CDC. The museum hosts about 90,000 visitors each year, and provides popular educational programs for students and teachers.
Originally called the Global Health Odyssey Museum, the facility was established in 1996 in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 50th anniversary and to coincide with the Centennial Olympic Games. In 2011, the museum was renamed the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, in honor of the longest serving director of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public.