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The Morbid Anatomy Library
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424A 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215
424A 3rd AvenueUSNew York11215
LibraryToday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Monday 12:00 – 6:00 pmTuesday 12:00 – 6:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 6:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 6:00 pmFriday 12:00 – 6:00 pmSaturday 12:00 – 6:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
The Morbid Anatomy Library is part of The Morbid Anatomy Museum. Founded in 2008, it is a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks, pieces of ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. 

The Morbid Anatomy Library’s current Scholars in Residence are Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques and Oddities and the Science Channel’s “Oddities” and writer and researcher Salvador Olguín whose area of expertise is death in Mexico.
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"I'm totally going back for another fun and interesting lecture here."
"...walk a couple minutes to the Morbid Anatomy Museum."
"...checking out various pieces of taxidermy, cool books..."
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Lady Ace
4 months ago
Lapin and I came here one Saturday as we found a Groupon discount and thought it would be a nice way to spend the day. We would been lucky to have spend more than 30 minutes at this museum. It was two small rooms [one is considered the exhibit room and the other is the library] that was filled with mostly photographs and here there hodge podge items. The most interesting thing was the persevered specimens but they weren't labelled. Honestly, this museum [if it should even be called that] was a waste of time and money. If you really wanted to read or see morbid anatomy, save yourselves the effort and time and just utilize Google.
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Traci Cappiello
9 months ago
This is a must-visit for those with quirkier interests or if you have friends in town looking for random attractions. The $10 admission to the exhibit upstairs is a bit pricey (and no photos are allowed), so be sure you're into the exhibit before forking over the money. Otherwise, you can get lost in the library downstairs, checking out various pieces of taxidermy, cool books and chatting with the person at the register. They also offer taxidermy classes in the basement which are not open to being observed by the public, but I was told they sell out very quickly.
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Carl Wischhusen
11 months ago
Interesting exhibit and nice bookstore. Also, nice coffee shop. I took my 20-something niece and nephews and they liked it, so there's that...
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Lamarr Hawkins
a year ago
Didn't get a chance to really check out the museum but went here for a lecture on death rituals in 1800's France and loved it! I'm totally going back for another fun and interesting lecture here.
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Michael Wang
10 months ago
Wow. No words can describe how cheated I felt after coming to the Morbid Anatomy Museum. I blame it on myself for not reading the Yelp reviews prior to my visit. Instead, I wasted 1.5 hours of my life, coming to Brooklyn from Manhattan, only to spend 10 minutes of my life (which I would have rather spent staring at the wall) in this so called museum. Now if you're still clamoring to come here and see what the fuss is about, the you can take the R Train down to 9th and walk a couple minutes to the Morbid Anatomy Museum. When approaching this spot, you'll realize that it definitely does not look like a museum. Instead, it appears to be half warehouse, half hipster coffee shop. Walk inside and you'll probably have the same reaction that I had once I arrived, confused and ready to be disappointed. The first floor of this museum is literally a hang out coffee shop. When I was there, there were around 3-4 other hipsters just hanging out and sipping on some coffee. Typical Brooklyn-ites right? Approach the register and he'll ask you to front $10 for admission to the museum. Shoot, for $10 I should have at least gotten a free coffee. Once you make your way upstairs, you'll see what is utterly disappointing about this place. There is literally one living room sized area, and a "library" towards the back where you can mosey around and check out random trinkets. What appalls me the most is the fact that this place is called the Morbid Anatomy Museum, but there is nothing remotely morbid nor anatomy-esque to be seen. Instead you'll find old portraits scattered along the wall. Now, I don't consider myself a huge museum buff, but I can spend a good 4-5 hours at the MoMA or a whole day at the Met. Here at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, I spent a grand total of 10 minutes, hating myself for letting me be tricked into spending $10 and a subway ride. Under no circumstances can I recommend coming to this place. If you want to see skeletons of animals, then just hop on the C Train and stop by Evolution in SoHo. It's free, larger, and hipster-free. Do not fall into this trap and get suckered for $10.
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James Ramirez
10 months ago
There is very little to see here for the 10$ admission fee. You're greeted by the one room that actually feels like a museum with very nice displays of various photographs and art pieces either depicting or inspired by death. The next room is smaller and contains many curios and oddities, this is the reading room. However nice things were it was in no way worth the money. Similarly the gift shop is filled with overpriced animal skeletons, books, and other things you can find online for much cheaper. If you're planning on going here make sure it's for an event they're having otherwise you might be let down by how little substance there is.
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Karl Steel
11 months ago
Loved it. Everyone there is smart and fun. Great lectures, and a fine place to have coffee during the day
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Gregor J. Rothfuss
a year ago
Small treasure, and the owner / curator is always up for a chat about her amazing collection.

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