Morbid Anatomy

The last time we were in New York, we went to the taping of a radio game show called Ask Me Another, which was a blast, and I highly recommend.

However, we got to the place (a pub called The Bell House) a bit early, and so we decided to wander the neighborhood. It was fairly industrial, with auto-repair places, etc., but down the street from The Bell House was a museum called The Morbid Anatomy Museum. With a name like that, naturally we had to go in!

It turned out that it was primarily a taxidermy museum, with nineteenth, and early twentieth century animals. Yes, it was every bit as creepy as it sounds, although interesting as well, in a car-crash sort of way. They had various large animals and birds on display, along with a section they called “crap taxidermy” where bad taxidermists accidentally created entirely new species. Sadly, I apparently didn’t take any pictures of those.

They also had a large section of dioramas. Pride of place went to “The Kittens’ Wedding”:

This was made in 1890 by Walter Potter, who was apparently quite famous for such things. I can only assume that all of the kittens died of natural causes before being added to the display. The card with the display makes a big deal of the dresses, talking about the Bride’s dress of cream brocade, with a long veil and orange blossom. They probably brought in Robin Leach for the commentary.

There was also this one:

This one seems quite suspect to me, though–everyone knows that weasels are bare-knuckle boxers, so I think that this might be fake.

6 Comments on “Morbid Anatomy

  1. This reminds me of the Grant Museum in London:
    Though they don’t have a kitten’s wedding, they do have a whole jar full of pickled moles, and a case full of preserved animal heads sawn (sagittally) in two. You might have been interested in the (now extinct) quagga skeleton: although they didn’t have all the bones, they completed the skeleton by 3d-printing mirror images of the ones they did have.

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