SHAWNEE, Kan. – The Medicine Hall of Fame and Museum in Shawnee has closed permanently, leaving behind thousands of pieces of medical memorabilia.
Most of the museum’s collection was donated by Dr. Bruce Hodges, who spent decades collecting medical artifacts from around the world. The collection includes antique pharmacy tools, as well as artifacts from African and Native American medical practices.
The museum opened in the fall of 2020, but low attendance forced the museum to close its doors. As of Monday, the museum’s website now reads:
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the years! The Medicine Hall of Fame has officially closed.
Now more than 4,000 museum artifacts will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
Mayo Auctions and Realty will hold an online auction to sell the museum’s treasures in November. Items up for auction include a 1915 Ford Model T, a 1940s iron lung Emerson respirator, MASH military items and various medical equipment. You can check the full list of items to grab in the company website.
Interested bidders can also view some of the items for sale on Nov. 4 from 2-4 pm at 6305 Lackman Road.