Not An Unpleasant Outing At The Morbid Anatomy Museum

By Denise Oliveira

If you are into taxidermy, the history of death, and natural history curiosities, and you’re looking to pick up some additional work experience, then you’re in luck. The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is recruiting volunteer docents for its permanent library and a temporary exhibit called The Art of Mourning.  

In an announcement earlier this week, the museum, which opened to the public late last month, said it needs volunteers every day but Tuesday, and volunteers will have “access to all the books on medical history and art and anatomy your heart desires.”

The museum, which also features a wifi-enabled café, is an expansion of the morbid anatomy library that researcher and creative director Joanna Ebenstein previously ran at a Gowanus gallery. Expect to see skulls, stuffed birds, rare books and photographs, religious artifacts, wet specimens (think: pickled snakes, bats and baby chicks), and more.

The current exhibition, The Art of Mourning, features art and artifacts that tell the history of mourning culture from the 18th to the 20th century. 

Museum admission is $10.

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