The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn
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This was on the top of my list for places to visit on my second trip to NYC, and it did not disappoint! Located in a looming, ominous-looking black building in an out-of-the-way section of Brooklyn, t... read more »
A cool little museum of oddities, not as educating/interesting as for example Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, but can be good for a change in NYC
This is a small museum of random oddities. The ground floor had a series of bizarrely taxidermied animals and some unusual medical equipment. When I went about a year ago, there was an exhibition on T... read more »
Left this museum feeling like I had been scammed out of $8. The gift shop is more interesting than the actual museum which is a collection of maybe 35 stuffed animals "displayed" haphazardly in a room the size of my New York apartment. There are no descriptors on the displays and they had "run-out" of the crappy printed visitors guide that they apparently usually supply. It took us 10 minutes to look at their collection of junk and 20 minutes to browse the gift shop. We were first lured into this museum by way of the similarly unimpressive Morbid Anatomy Flea Market which was promised in Time Out as a collection of cool and unusual stalls (there were MAYBE 15 total?) and we were charged $1 to be allowed to enter. I feel like this place survives off conning people out of their money - it's not enough that you want to demand a refund, but it's also definitely FAR too much for as shoddy and shameful a collection of tat as they have on display. $2 would be a more appropriate entrance fee.
What a nasty little place this is! Their website is rarely updated, no answering machine for the phone. Drove 70 miles round trip to see a show that ended a day before. I would have known that had they had an answering machine on the phone, or answered the phone, or updated their website. Worse, the purple haired beyotch at the front desk did not even have 'I'm sorry" within her vocabulary when we explained our plight. And another poor woman and her BF had traveled from Toronto for this and suffered the same misfortune. This place has few oddities; has what poorly passes for a coffee shop and staff need to learn how to treat visitors with courtesy, respect and act like they give a damn! I'd never stage any event there. Zero support from staff. Save your time and stay away.
Adam Van Grover
Really more of a coffee/gift shop then a 'museum' proper, but fun and charming in a creepy way, nonetheless. There are quirky somewhat informal events planned here from time to time, and the museum has assorted oddities, but you can stroll through rather quickly. Generally, you can get a coffee or small bite and lounge in the cafe/gift shop perusing books, taxidermy and the same sort of oddities presented in the museum. The staff are generally quite helpful, and are generally interested in the quirky/alternative culture represented. Fun visit, but may not be worth going out of the way for.
Sure, it's tiny, but the Morbid Anatomy museum is one of the coolest spots in New York. If you love unusual places, this is a fun place to spend an hour or two. I found the staff exceptionally friendly, and I was impressed by the range of events they produce here-- lots of interesting stuff. I spent an enjoyable hour in the library reading a book I never would have found anyplace else and chatting with the librarian, who was really friendly and had a very unique perspective. I plan to go back when the exhibit changes, or sooner, for an event!
Don't waste your time. It seems like a very cool coffee shop with a nice hip staff, but for the love of god do NOT plan your day around this museum because you will be sorely disappointed. After visiting the incredible Morbid Anatomy Museum in Philadelphia I was shocked to find this place to be completely separate and unrelated. The 2 room exhibition feels more like visiting a weird grandpa's apartment and is really not worth spending any money on. It's very upsetting that Phili has such a great museum and we're stuck with this tourist trap :(
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