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The National Hansen's Disease Museum

Carville is the national museum honoring leprosy patients—once quarantined on site—and the medical staff who cared for them and made medical history. The museum collects, preserves and interprets medical and cultural artifacts to inform and educate the public about Hansen’s disease (leprosy).

Supporting the National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP), the museum:

  • Interprets the history, treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy in the US,
  • Honors those who lived at the national leprosarium as patients, and
  • Celebrates health care professionals who made medical history as they battled leprosy.

Resources for researchers

The museum and archives have hosted and continue to host research projects which become academic papers, books, documentaries, family histories, and science and social studies projects.

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