Museum Vrolik can rightly be called one of the most unusual museums in Amsterdam. The museum is located in the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and houses a collection of extraordinary medical items collected by the 19th-century medical professor Gerardus Vrolik and his son Willem.
The collection in Museum Vrolik is certainly not for the faint of heart! Nerves of steel are highly recommended: the exhibition includes anatomical models, skeletons, skulls, anatomical models and reconstructions. There are also examples of babies with congenital disabilities, such as conjoined twins and cyclopean babies.
In addition to being a dissection and zoologist, Professor Gerardus Vrolik specialized in congenital abnormalities, also known as teratology. He and his son accumulated a collection of medical and anatomical items for years. A special collection that is still of great scientific value today. The Athenaeum Illustre (the predecessor of the UVA) bought this collection from the professor in 1865 but only exhibited it in 1984. Museum Vrolik is housed at the Amsterdam Medical Center, now Amsterdam UMC.
Accessible to the general public
The museum mainly welcomed many students and medical specialists and has been targeting a wider audience for several years now. Museum Vrolik is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on weekends. More information can be found on the website.
Starting this year, visitors can make a special voyage of discovery through the (unusual) human body in the completely renovated Museum Vrolik. View an overview of all museums in Amsterdam here.