Massachusetts Attractions February 04, 2017
The Museum Of Medical Oddities In Massachusetts Is Not For The Faint Of Heart
Inside a nondescript building in Boston lies one of the strangest museums in the country. It’s filled with fascinating and bizarre objects from medical history that are both eye-catching and a little disturbing. This spot is the perfect destination for lovers of all things weird, creepy and awe-inspiring.
Finding this place is part of the fun. You’ll need to walk around from behind the Harvard Library of Medicine, check in with the guard, and then take the elevator on up to the fifth floor.
Once inside, you’ll be greeted with a host of unusual exhibits.
There’s an "exploded" skull, a pair of conjoined twins, a collection of fetal skeletons, artfully crafted eye models, and other fascinating medical finds.
The museum is named after Dr. John Collins Warren, a famed surgeon and Harvard professor.
After his retirement in 1847, he gave the university an extremely bizarre gift – a trove of unusual and rare anatomical and pathological specimens.
His collection includes over 15,000 items, including warped skeletons, unusual, pickled organs, strange medical curiosities and other creepy odds and ends.
Today, only a small handful of Warren’s complete collection is on display, as there isn’t room to exhibit the entire assemblage.
The museum’s most well-known artifact is the skull of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who had a 13-pound iron rod shoved through his skull and lived to tell the tale.
The personality changes that Gage experienced after his accident help advance our modern understanding of the brain.
This place is definitely one of the weirder spots in the state, but it you're into this sort of thing, it's so worth the visit.
You can find the museum at 10 Shattuck Street, Longwood Medical Area, Boston, Massachusetts. If you love the creepy side of life, check out
our review of the 10 most terrifying places in Massachusetts.