Healthcare in the United States is expensive and complex. All too often, consumers feel confused or overwhelmed by their options. The Science Museum of Minnesota's Weighing the Evidence exhibition, related Science Live performances, and outreach programming inform visitors and encourage them to become more aware and knowledgeable healthcare consumers.
Odd, fascinating, and outrageous objects from the Science Museum's Questionable Medical Devices collection are used in Weighing the Evidence to examine erroneous practices and fraudulent health products of the past and to illuminate parallel realities in our contemporary healthcare marketplace. The exhibition is rich in humor and entertaining interactives, but it also offers opportunities to reflect on science, society, ethics, and personal decision-making. Throughout Weighing the Evidence, visitors are urged to keep a few decision-making aids in mind: seek out trusted sources of information; ask lots of questions; look for scientific evidence, and consider costs, risks, and benefits.
Weighing the Evidence is made possible by Science Education Partnership Award funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Planning for this project was supported in part by a contribution from HealthPartners.