The Athenaeum Illustre of Amsterdam acquired the original collection in 1865 but it wasn’t until 1984 that a selection of exhibits went on show at Museum Vrolik, part of the Amsterdam Medical Center.
Not for the faint-hearted, the unique collection contains an extensive range of conserved anatomical specimens, skeletons, skulls, anatomical models and reconstructions. Of huge scientific value is the collection of specimens showing birth defects, including Siamese twins and cyclopean babies.
Appealing to a wider audience
The museum has primarily welcomed students and medical specialists over the years, but aims to extend its appeal to a much wider audience following refurbishment and reorganisation (completed in 2012), providing a unique experience to all visitors interested in the (abnormal) human body.
Please note that the museum is closed during the weekend.