Discover the development and evolution of the modern operating room, from re-purposed kitchen tables and sawdust covered floors to glass operating theaters on the roof of an urban hospital. The exhibit includes a full-scale reconstruction of a 1940s operating room using vintage furnishings, architectural elements and instruments.

Operating Room Window


In our reconstructed operating room from the 1940s we have a piece from the original facility's OR.  The window to the rear of the exhibit comes from what was Tri-State Hospital. 

It was used to provide not only light, but ventilation during Shreveport hot and humid summers.  The window frame and glass remains one of the few artifacts of the Tri-State period and likely witnessed Dr. Willis, Sr. and Jr. performing operations.

Location in Museum

In the Operating Room exhibit


Mid-20th Century

100 Years