If coaxing children into museum visits is like pulling teeth, put your pliers away and try out today's side deal. For $7, you'll get two adult tickets to the National Museum of Dentistry, a $14 value. With a collection that includes smile-centric exhibits and George Washington's mouth bones, the nation's official dentistry museum is more amusingly educational than reading the dictionary under laughing-gas sedation.
Presidential dentures, a kid-sized dental chair, and interactive brushing instruction are some of the permanent exhibits spanning the space's two floors. The museum also boasts a life-size narwhal model, an exposé on saliva, and a celebration of our country's best dental schools. This upcoming season, stop in to pay homage to the tooth fairy for Tooth Fairy Day, or get a mouthful of mammals on Jaws and Paws Day. View a listing of upcoming events here. Take the whole family (admission for children ages 3–18 is $3, and those less than 2 are free), bring a bad-breathed date for a tutorial on mouth management, or instill yourself with a new sense of appreciation for the dentist.
- Andy Warhol's silk-screened prints of dentistry's patron saint Apollonia and an actual set of George Washington's dentures indicate the range of mementos. But what's remarkable about this two-floor presentation isn't the sweep, it's the levity. Televisions stationed throughout broadcast vaudevillian dental routines, vintage commercials and early educational footage--by a young Walt Disney, no less. That's entertainment. – Contributor, Citysearch
- Even though going to the dentist is no fun at all, going to a museum showcasing dentistry is! This is filled with useless, yet interesting facts that shed light on George Washington's wooden dentures (they were actually made of white ivory), show Sugar Ray's mouthpiece from when he boxed, and show old dental equipment and how it's evolved. Inexpensive admission, a rather quirky & bizarre place, but I recommend going!! – Jennifer Z., Insider Pages
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