The National Museum of Health and Medicine, a Department of Defense museum, was established in 1862 and inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine - past, present, and future - with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation, the Museum identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research. In its current configuration and planned relocation, the NMHM is poised for broadened attention and use of by scholars, scientists and the public at large.
The Buonacorsi Foundation's National Museum of Health and Medicine program has been created to serve as a not-for-profit partner, providing general support for museum operations as well as for more targeted projects in both the educational and research areas. The foundation has as a major objective to drive the creation of a virtual satellite of the NMHM online, with the Reinventing the Wheel, Redefining the Game, and Diabetes: Management and Self-Care exhibits as great early examples.