Museum Vrolik (http://goo.gl/TnzVD
), is located within the monolithic and slightly depressing Amsterdam Medical Center, but it harbors one of the most interesting collections of anatomical curiosities. The name of the museum derives from Gerard Vrolik (1775-1859) who was a professor in plant science, but also held a professorship in anatomy, physiology and neonatalogy at Atheneum Illustre (http://goo.gl/mbsDI
). Vrolik had a particular interest in malformations in nature, be they in plants or animals. The large collection of formaldehyde-preserved cyclopses in the museum attests to this interest. However, there are a large number of beautiful anatomical preparations of brains as well. Lodewijk Bolk, a well-known Dutch anatomist with a keen interest in the brain contributed over three thousand items to the Vrolik collection.