Mütter Museum, #Philadelphia. Hands down, FAVORITE museum I’ve been too. REAL HUMAN REMAINS. #Skulls, #Brains, #Tumors, Head Slices, #IronLung, Amputated Limbs, Antique Surgical Instruments, Diseased Organs, and an entire MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN filled with everything from Hyssop & Lady’s Mantle to Belladonna & Strychnine. #Cephalothoracopagus, #Teratology, #soaplady #müttermuseum #philly #medicinalherbgarden #MUSTSEE #22ndstreet #thecollegeofphysiciansofphiladelphia (at Mütter Museum, Philadelhpia)
After the famous Russian decree of 1718, dozens of “monsters”— both living and dead—- began to arrive at the St. Petersburg Kunstkammer. Teratology (the science of freaks and monsters) was considered not only amusing, but highly useful: It demonstrated that “freaks” were born into this world due to natural causes, without any diabolic interference. Freaks of all species were much appreciated, and since attempts to hide them were punished by a considerable fine, they were brought to the Kunstkammer in abundance. They were dissected in the anatomical theater of the Kunstkammer, and then placed on display— where you can visit them still today.
I like what A Rather Dark Place says: "Monuments to another side of physical humanity. May they rest in peace, and fulfill their usefulness as a reminder that we, you and I, are not all that there is."
This is the lovely Scar in the Back of my Head. I have A Brain Malformation, Chiari Malformation Type I, my brain is too bug for my skull. I know what you thinking. “OMGOSH so your really smart then? right?” HAHAHA NO that doesnt mean I am super smart. I am smart because I study all the time and don’t have a social life.
((This Picture was a week after Surgery, Its much cleaner looking now. I just like this picture the best, because its a IN YOUR FACE KINDA PICTURE.))
Preserved squirrel face. #taxidermy #oddities #squirrels #deadthings #vultureculture
Mütter museum interior, 1800s
"Alzoria, the Turtle Girl" was born in 1912, the only child in a family of nine afflicted with her peculiar condition. She made a career for herself exhibiting at Coney Island from the 1930s-50s, under a variety of unflattering names including "Walrus Girl" and "Pig Woman". Her arms, stunted and without recognizable elbows, ended in small hands with six stubby, boneless fingers apiece. She had six toes on one foot, and only one toe on the other. Despite this, men were attracted to her - or at least to her bank account. She was married twice and was known at various points as Alzoria Green and Alzoria Lewis.
Some pendants that I’ve been working on… Let me know if you’re interested:) #Taxidermy #taxidermyjewelry #oddities #instashop #deadthings #vultureculture