Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I contact the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation or the MGH Archives and Special Collections?
A: Call us at 617-724-8009 or email us at

Q: When is the Russell Museum open?
A: The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm year-round and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm April through October.

Q: Is there an admission fee?
A: No. The museum is free and open to the public.

Q: Where is the museum located?
A: The museum is located at 2 North Grove Street in Boston, on the Massachusetts General Hospital main campus.

Q: How can I see the Ether Dome? 
A: The Dome is often used for meetings. To find out when it's not in use, call the museum at 617 724 8009 during our open hours. For a virtual tour of the Dome and the rest of the Bulfinch Building, click here.

Q: How can I get to the museum?
A: We encourage visitors to take public transportation. The museum is a short walk from the Charles/MGH Station on the MBTA Red Line. Parking at Mass General garages is limited to patients, their families and visitors. When visiting the museum, you may use on-street metered parking or nearby parking garages. The museum does not offer validated parking. 

Q: Does the museum offer any tours?
A: The museum is largely self-guided. Large groups are asked to call 617-724-8009 to schedule their visit so we can plan accordingly.

Q: Is the museum appropriate for school field trips?
A: Our subject matter is most appropriate for eighth grade and beyond. If you are an educator interested in bringing students to the museum, please call 617-724-8009 to learn more. 

Q: Is the museum wheelchair-accessible?
A: Yes, the museum is fully accessible for people in wheelchairs. Learn about accessibility at Mass General.

Q: Who designed the museum?
A: The Boston-based architectural firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates designed the museum, which won a 2012 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. The annual awards "honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston."

Q: What materials comprise the exterior of the museum?
A: The museum is made of copper and glass. The upper stories are faced with copper, one of the world's oldest architectural materials. The copper has not been treated and will slowly oxidize over time to attain a green finish. 

Q: Can I take photos in the museum?
A: Yes, photography is allowed throughout the facility.

Q: Is there a place to eat?

A: There are several Mass General cafeterias. There are also a number of options on Cambridge Street and Charles Street.  

Q: Does the museum host events?
A: Yes. For more information, please contact Michelle Marcella at 617-724-2755 or You may also send an email to

Q: Can I volunteer at the museum? 
A: Yes, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in joining the museum as a volunteer, please contact the Mass General Volunteer Department.

Q: How can I make a gift to the museum? 
A: We are very grateful to those who want to support the museum. To make a monetary gift, please contact the Mass General Development Office. If you have a Mass General-related artifact or document that might be of interest to the museum staff, please email museum director Sarah Alger at

Q: Is the museum an independent 501(c)(3) organization?
A: The museum is part of Mass General, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. As a result, all donations to the museum via Mass General are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.