Deformed Babies in Jars… Museum Vrolik

Amsterdam is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s a stunning city, a laid back, beautiful population – and they have the creepiest museum in the world, the Museum Vrolik. I confess that I haven’t actually been to this museum, which I am pissed about missing out on now that I know about it. It would have either made my love for Amsterdam run even deeper, or given me hideous recurring nightmares – maybe both. The Museum Vrolik started as the pathological collection of scientist, anatomist and teratologist Gerardus Vrolik, member of the esteemed scientific organization the Dutch Mathematicians (1755-1859), and it was carried on by his son Willem (1801-1863). It was bought by a group of Dutch citizens and made free to the public as the Museum Vrolik Academic Medical Center, and it houses some of the most disturbing abnormalities and deformed embryonic specimens I’ve had the pleasure of viewing over the past 5 years of finding weird shit for CVLT Nation. It takes a lot to shock me these days, but I think being surrounded by floating, bloated, cyclops conjoined twins would definitely freak me out. The museum has continued to collect medical specimens over the past two centuries, and it now houses more than 150 specimens of physical deformities. Here are just a few, below…next time you’re at Roadburn, make a pit stop here!

 

 

 

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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Cameron James Bettens Hunt
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Tegan Ridge can we go?

Tegan Ridge
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I’d be upset if we didn’t go. Perfect date

Rica TheSick
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you are actually not allowed to take pictures once inside. anyway the real name of the museum is “Necrony Pathological Performances Museum”.

Lynn Lopez
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Reminds me of Giger

Zachary Wells
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“Oh no! It more of them planned parenthood videos!”

Patrick Hager
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Lol

Sander Mulder
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Jo-Anna Strijker als je keertje in amsterdam bent 😉

Jo-Anna Strijker
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Jaaaaaaa Gert Jan Strijker

Cas Vanderplaetse
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They have the same in the Medical Museum in Copenhagen. Very intriguing.

Jane Barnett
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I spent a day drawing there. There is a beautiful book you can get of the collection Robert called Forces of Form.

Peppe Scala
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Iacopo Panarese

J Alicia Jackson
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Sage Abigail

Martin Ficken
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It’s actually an amazing hidden gem in the research area of the Medical Academy Hospital (AMC) in Meibergdreef, free in and just a suggestion for a €5 donation. Here’s another little example..

Marc John Wesley
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Cowards.com.

Georgie Anderson
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Shags Dando Matt Billy Bones Coleman

Phyllis Howell
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KUATO!

Anthropo Cene
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I came here for my studies (history of medicine) and I didn’t think it was shocking actually – especially when you take a a guided tour and hear what the ideas/history behind the collection is like 🙂

Marlee Rojas
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Andrew Danny pack your bags

Andrew Funke
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Like I need another reason to go to Amsterdam?!!!

Yvonne Coe
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Do you troll the Internet looking for the most horrendous sights?

Zap Ann
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Check musée Dupuytren in Paris 😉

Kal Amar
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Ils l’ont fermé depuis quelques mois je crois : /

Radouan Ardonau
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Kal Amar Don’t speak croissant please.

Zap Ann
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Wai je me rappelle Qu il y avait une pétition pour le garder ouvert 🙁

Francisco Ochoa
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Mono Duran this article had me thinking of you.

Foad Oloumi
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This place was amazing and lovely to visit. Highly recommended.

Jenni StarPepper
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Lauren Szylarski, trip to Amsterdam?

Lauren Szylarski
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Its what we do!?

Jenni StarPepper
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FUCK YEAH

William Kampen
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Bram Roza

Bram Roza
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ja supervet museum, volgend jaar ga ikw eer eens hoi zeggen tegen mn misvormde vriendjes

William Kampen
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Misvormd vriendje in je broek

Bram Roza
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dat zeker

Karl Crixacus Lundberg Niggol
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Ariadne Lopez A.
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Sergio Romero Calvario

Sergio Romero Calvario
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ahhhh me agarraste comiendo hehe

Ariadne Lopez A.
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Jajaja jaja pues no lo hubieras abierto. Solo me recordó a la exposición que me contaste jaja

Stephii Self
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Jon Coffin this is so weird

Roy Hombre Benson
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Chris Jay Kelevra Thomas Falke… Wisst ihr bescheid wo wir nächste Woche hin müssen… 🙂

Veronica Aredhel
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Trevor was gonna tag you then saw you’re the one who liked it. Of course.

Rik Veldhuizen
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Melanie Dijkstra in Amsterdam!

Lígia Favaretto
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Alexandre em Amsterdam!

Alexandre Soares
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bora?!

Albert Carter
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Hannie Halford

Haley Ann Cybyske
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Hessica, Mackenzie- dis what we gonna go see in Amsterdam

Mackenzie Jensen
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SHHHIT