A gala to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston, Ont., will take a lighthearted approach to medical history.

The museum calls itself Canada's only museum dedicated solely to preserving health-care history.

The museum plans to kick off its anniversary on Feb. 19 by hosting The Nostrums and Nibles Gala, where guests will be invited to "an amusing afternoon of cocktails, cures and consumption."

Visitors may sample patent medicine-inspired cocktails that will bring "the bloom of health to the cheek and delight to the heart," the museum's invitation reads.

In March, a Snot & Whatnot program for children will offer  "a wild, gross-out ride" through medical history.

The museum now holds about 30,000 items related to health care across Canada.

The museum is on the grounds of Kingston General Hospital in the Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site, a former residence for student nurses.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the museum's educational and public programs.

With files from The Canadian Press