The Medical Historical Collections display medical instruments and apparatus, such as head-cooling snakes, gullet pushers or stomach clamps, from past centuries.
The museum is located on the traditional grounds of the Bad Gottleuba Health Park, one of the largest homogenous Art Nouveau complexes in Germany. The medical-historical exhibits are at display in the former engine house of the sanatorium, built in 1913. The various departments are presented on 750 m² exhibition space over three floors, which can also be reached easily by lift. The entire building is barrier-free.
The affiliated German-Czech Educational and Information Centre for Rehabilitation and Balneology conveys the history of spa treatments beyond the history of the Gottleuba sanatorium. In addition to lectures, seminars, thematic tours and special exhibitions, the use of the medical history library with its extensive collection of specialist books and journals from more than 100 years of rehabilitation history is offered.
A close cooperation exists with the Regional Museum Teplice in the Czech Republic. The museum of the oldest Bohemian spa in the immediate vicinity presents an extensive exhibition on the history of spas.
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 15.00 hrs, there are public guided tours of the permanent exhibition on medical history. Among other things, a historical X-ray machine from 1929, the original equipment of an operation theatre from 1930, instruments for water treatment, a historical laboratory, a French massage shower, a sub-aqueous intestinal bath as well as medical instruments and equipment are on display.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, at 3 p.m., you can take a guided "Historical Clinic Walk" through the beautiful park to learn many interesting and worthwhile facts about the history of the clinic.