Medicine’s Hall of Fame & Museum in Shawnee closes, plans to auction off artifacts

Medicine's Hall of Fame and Museum in Shawnee is officially closed — and thousands of items are going up for auction soon. Above, Dr. Bruce Hodges, curator and founder of the museum. File photo.

After opening to the public in 2020, Shawnee’s brief-lived Medicine’s Hall of Fame & Museum is now officially closed.

What happened: After Bruce Hodges spent a lifetime collecting medical artifacts, his goal of opening a museum dedicated to the medical profession came to life in early 2020 — just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit.