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Charleston, South Carolina

Macaulay Museum of Dental History

Dental instruments from the illustrious history of American dentistry. 

The Macaulay Museum of Dental History, named for Dr. Neill W. Macaulay, has a large collection of historical dental tools.

The museum contains such treasures as an instrument made by Paul Revere for Dr. Josiah Flagg and an itinerant dentist’s chest of the Civil War era, as well as a recreation of an early 1900s dental office. Best of all, the collection features a series of dental chairs, including a child’s chair, that span modern dental history.

The museum is part of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Waring Historical Library. Some of the museum’s artifacts can be viewed online via the Waring’s digital library.

Update: The museum is closed for renovations until October 12, 2017. 

Know Before You Go

The Macaulay Museum of Dental History is located adjacent to the Waring Historical Library, Colcock Hall, and St. Luke's Chapel. Access to the museum is gained at the Waring Historical Library.