Our museum began over 20 years ago with the acquisition of a fully functioning iron lung  –  still in the collection and still working.

Additions were added over the ensuing years and the Museum now consists of many unique and priceless pieces which are lovingly looked after by the Archives Committee.

The textile room houses a collection of student and graduate uniforms and capes.  The oldest uniform is an original worn by a 1918 student.  Replicas of some of the uniforms have been made for display purposes. A large room contains document boxes and museum items such as equipment used in providing nursing care.

Of great interest are the pin and miniature doll collections. Some of the items are on line and more will be added as they are scanned and processed. The museum is open by appointment only as it is staffed by a part time archivist and volunteers.

Iron Lung VGH School of Nursing
Iron Lung VGH School of Nursing


There are 3 doll collections. The oldest is an historical one produced by students and instructors in the 1940s and is very fragile.


We have an extensive collection and photos of our historical equipment which was used to provide patient care over the years.

Pins & Medals

A favorite collection for many …we have an impressive collection of pins and medals which were valued by all who received them.

Silver Collection

Many items, such as teapots and candle holders were donated by graduating classes from the 1940s and 50s as gifts to the School.