In keeping with our dedication to all things Halloween this week, we’re heading to the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brookyn’s Gowanus neighborhood for a dose of creepy in our art weekend. Giving curious oddities and gruesome artwork a place to shine, the Morbid Anatomy Museum opened its doors in June of last year and has been offering visitors an education on deathly subjects ever since.
Their current show, aptly titled “House of Wax”, features a wide array of objects from Berlin’s Castan’s Panopticum, open from 1869 to 1922 and massively popular during its heydey. In fashion from the 18th to early 20th centuries, panoptica were a phenomenon that can best be described as a cabinet of curiosities meets Madame Tussauds, with the creepiness dial turned up a few extra notches.
You’ll get a little bit of everything grotesque you could ever hope for here, and then some. There are death masks, ethnographic busts, and models of people mid-surgery (which we pray, in all seriousness, are not true-to-life). The museum also features a research library specializing in literature on anatomical art, medical history, and much more in the realm of morbidity. This place is a pretty cool corner of the museum world, allowing exhibitions to shine that might not otherwise have found a home. We're glad we stopped by!
WHAT TO DO AFTER
If you still have an appetite after this morbid adventure, hit up Four & Twenty Blackbirds for some of the most delicious homemade pie around. We recommend the Salty Honey or Bourbon Pear Crumble, perfect for the crisp fall weather in this weekend’s forecast.