Inside the Creepy Collections of an Oddities Museum

Take a peek (if you dare) at weird wonders from the Morbid Anatomy Museum, which just closed its doors for the last time.

Just before Christmas, the Morbid Anatomy Museum gave up the ghost.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., museum was a rare mix of spectacle and scholarship, hosting lectures, workshops, and exhibits that encouraged frank conversations about death.

Exhibits included an antique wax figure of a German serial killer, a “Beauchene skeleton” in which skull bones are “exploded” apart for 3-D viewing, and life-size wax sculptures of nude women that open to reveal anatomically correct organs. Many of the pieces were owned by private collectors who had never been publicly displayed them, and some may now be permanently out of the public eye.

“It’s a museum dedicated to cycles of life and death, so we should be able to accept dying,” says museum cofounder

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