Morbid Anatomy Museum
A museum devoted to bringing to light forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum was a 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.
The museum hosted the kind of temporary exhibitions that very few larger museums can produce; shows both large and small, drawing on private and public collections and calling on the scholarship and expertise of the greater Morbid Anatomy community. Its permanent collection housed a research library of over 2,000 ebooks as well as artifacts such as memorial artworks, medical moulages, wax embryological models, natural history specimens, and a variety of uncanny artworks and artifacts from around the world.
Its popular and often sold-out lecture series features academics, artists, collectors, morticians, rogue scholars and autodidacts speaking on topics such as wax anatomical models, bejeweled skeletons, and books bound in human skin. In addition, the Morbid Anatomy Museum held workshops in topics such as anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy, Victorian mourning jewelry, and insect shadowboxes.
Update December 2016: The Morbid Anatomy Museum recently announced its closing.
Know Before You Go
Though its Gowanus location closed in 2016, the museum still has pop-up events and exhibits at Greenwood Cemetery and elsewhere in the city.
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