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The Country Doctor Museum

The Country Doctor Museum’s original building was built from two 19th century country doctor’s office buildings. Now known as the “Freeman-Brantley Building,” this historic structure houses the museum’s displays on pharmacy, surgery, and a turn-of-the-20th-century sick room.

Looking for a special gift?

Be sure to check out our well-stocked museum store when you visit the museum! We have a new Country Doctor Museum holiday ornament that you’ll want to remember your visit!

Nursing School Memories

Why did nurses wear caps? Learn more about nursing school traditions during the early and mid-20th century with the nursing history displays on view in the museum’s library room.

The Rest Cure

Our current exhibit, “The Rest Cure,” at ECU’s Family Medical Center focuses on women and children’s health during the Victorian period.

Medical Battery

Country Doctor Museum friends from around the world help solve a history mystery.

The Country Doctor Museum is open

Tuesday – Saturday,

10am – 4pm.

Visiting the museum is only through guided tours.

Tours are offered on the hour, every hour from 10am to 3pm.

The last tour of the day is offered at 3pm.



The Country Doctor Museum accepts

cashless payments only for admission and gift shop sales.

The museum accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards.

This policy aligns with an initiative from our governing organization, East Carolina University.


In observance of scheduled holidays, the Country Doctor Museum will be closed May 25, July 4, August 31, November 28-30        and December 23 - January 1.

We hope to see you soon!

See What Our Guests Say!

We think the Country Doctor Museum is something special, but don't just take our word for it.

Named as one of the “35 of North Carolina’s Most Unforgettable Museums” by Our State Magazine

October 2020

The Country Doctor Museum is truly a treasure. I’ve driven past the sign to this place for years and finally got the opportunity to stop and visit. I wish I had been years ago … but glad I stopped today.

Matt R. - August 2023

This is a gem of a museum! Tons of artifacts and info presented in a very digestible format through engaging docents and easily readable signs. Great curation – they feature a number of doctors from ENC (including black doctors) and have a well-balanced historical perspective. I look forward to coming back!

Katherine D. - August 2023

An excellent museum with extremely knowledgeable staff. A great example of how to turn a small collection into an informative (and fun) experience. You’ll be treated to a great tour that includes a lesson in 19th century pill manufacturing and getting to see a mid-20th century iron lung. A really fantastic way to spend an afternoon…

EG K. - July 2023

This is a great little hidden gem. My wife and I have passed the sign on Hwy 264 many times and finally decided to stop today. We’re glad we did …

Tim M. - February 2023

Really enjoyed our Homeschool field trip to the museum! The tour was very interesting and informative and they even had a hands on activity for us at the end. Thank you!!

Katherine E. - October 2022

Absolute highlight of the trip, super interesting place, and Lizzie was an epic tour guide, very knowledgeable and fun.

Chris V. - February 2023

Mission Statement

The Country Doctor Museum is dedicated to interpreting the history of medicine in rural America.