The curator of the U-M's Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is the first to admit that it can be rather hard to find. On that first visit, she recalls, "I was a little frustrated, and that was in the back of my mind: way finding really is an issue for this museum."
O'Dell had never heard of the Sindecuse before taking a job as its assistant curator in 2003, despite having lived eight years in Ann Arbor at that point. Tucked inside a high-ceilinged sunlit atrium deep inside the School of Dentistry, it is easily the best hidden and least known of U-M's museums. Opened in 1992, the museum is funded by an endowment from Gordon Sindecuse, an alum of the dental school's class of 1921. O'Dell, who was promoted to curator in 2004, says that dental museums are few and far between in the first place, but Sindecuse is particularly unusual because it has dedicated financial support. "[Other dental museums'] exhibits are often up for decades," she says. "We have a more active program."